Justine Moody is a local artisan and a fine art graduate from Pratt Institute. Her present day primary mediums are natural fibers and clay. After owning a fiber art and pottery studio for nearly 10 years, she decided to focus on felting full time, teaching and exhibiting her work. Her most recent works include a collection of wearable art pieces and textural wall hangings. Justine is endlessly exploring and pushing the boundaries of felting. She continues to combine classical and modern felting techniques to transform unwoven natural fibers into fabric and into art. All of her work is hand dyed and hand felted, respecting the history of the craft, yet lending a modern rendition to this ancient art form. Justine teaches a variety of felting and fiber sculpting workshops on Eastern Long Island. Her work can be seen at the East End Arts Council.
I am a fiber artist, a painter, and a potter living on Long Island with my family. I love history, photography, and age old crafts techniques, especially felting. Working with raw natural fiber allows me to embrace with and connect to centuries of tradition in a modern art form.
I'm mostly drawn to the organic renewability of natural fibers and have a great respect for the history and origin of the craft. Working with cruel free animal fiber along with various plant fiber allows me to stay true to my passion for sustainability.
Through both traditional and modern felting techniques, I'm able to manipulate the fiber from it's once vulnerable beginning to it's final solid state. Creating something tangible from a pile of fleece or bamboo. I love the tactility of the wet felting process and it's eternal connection to nature and the animal it once belonged to, a simple yet magical transformation.