Meet Your Makers: Obscurius

The Obscurious duo (comprised of Amy Fielder and Niel McLaren) combine the art of needle felting with programmable lighting and whimsy to bring you a bazaar of impossible creatures.

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At their booth, you’ll see glowing wool sculptures brought to life with embedded LEDs. Sculptural needle felting is a relatively young art form developed in the 1980s. The technique uses notched needles and wool to create 2D or 3D designs.

Amy and Niel discovered needle felting at the 2015 Eastside Culture Crawl and were excited by the enormous variety of shapes that could be created, and are now combining this textile medium with computer-controlled LEDs and EL wire to create soft, glowing sculptures. They are interested in exploring the lighting, colour, and shape of deep sea creatures, viscera, and fungi.

Amy Fielder is a designer for children’s cartoons, a portrait painter, and a fan of the humourously grotesque. Lately, she’s been translating her sketchy weirdness into creating huggable things. Niel McLaren likes to create interactive experiences. He is interested in different conceptions of time and space and in crossovers between computer algorithms and natural forms.

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