Miranda, how did you begin your Fiber Friends business?
What is your inspiration on a day-to-day basis? Are there mentors or artists who have influenced you?
My Friends aren’t truly realistic portraits. They are more illustrative, but I have a knack of understanding what gives an animal its animal-ness, so they’re a true blend of my illustrative style and realistic portraiture. I think that makes Fiber Friends stand out from other needle-felted animals.
My Pembroke Corgi girl Pocket is my number one muse and daily inspiration, but I’m also inspired by all the animals on my farm, from the chickens and rabbits to wild birds. All the little muses.
Tell me about the creation process: how long does it take to fashion these items? Do you have a studio or space dedicated to your work? How does the business fit into the rest of your life?
Mobiles are the most expensive items in my shop, but should be considered an investment in a new family heirloom. And they really are totally cool! (Ed. note: Agreed!) My animal mobiles are priced based on the components involved; all the FAQ on how I price them can be found here.
I work on each piece in the order received. Sometimes I have a long waiting list, other times not so much. Each custom pet has a minimum 3 day work period, plus shipping which is 2-5 business days. Orders for a special event or holiday should be placed several weeks in advance to be sure that deadline is met. The holidays are very busy and all gift orders should be placed as early as possible. I can arrange shipping directly to your recipient and even offer gift wrap!
How can people contact you, and where can they buy your beautiful handmade creations?
My blog Fiber Friends
My etsy shop Fiber Friends:
– Pembroke custom orders
– Cardigan custom orders
– Any pet custom orders
– Any fluffy pet custom orders
Direct orders can be placed by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where else has your work been featured on the web?
Do you give any percentage of your sales to humane organizations?