Self-taught Denmead artist who makes life-like 3D wool sculptures of pets 'overwhelmed' by success

Local artist Dayna McFadden
Local artist Dayna McFadden
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A SELF-taught artist who stumbled across making life-like 3D wool sculptures of people’s pets says she is ‘overwhelmed’ by the amount of interest her online business has received.

Dayna McFadden only came across needle felting after buying a piece of the art 18 months ago.

Local artist Dayna McFadden

Local artist Dayna McFadden

The  Denmead artist fell in love with the sculptures and became ‘hooked’ immediately – researching online videos on how to make the pieces.

Now, after learning her craft, the 31-year-old runs thriving online business Heart Felt Friends where she is inundated with requests for sculptures.

Dayna said: ‘I discovered the art by mistake after purchasing my nephew a tiny needle felted penguin. I was in love with what I saw and wondered how it was made. I YouTubed the art once and that was it, I was hooked, I bought my first kit and off I went. 

‘I'm self-taught and my art has dramatically advanced in such a short space of time. I create people's beloved pets in 3D wool sculptures from scratch using a small photo from my mobile phone. I often incorporate ashes and fur into these, making them more sentimental.

Local artist Dayna McFadden

Local artist Dayna McFadden

‘I love my job so much and enjoy the reaction I get from my customers by giving them back a piece of their precious pet.’

Dayna’s business is doing so well she has 14,000 followers on social media and an 18-month waiting list for people to have a piece of her art. 

As well as making pets she also sculptures a wide range of animals and wildlife, including items such as a Highland cow, platypus, koala, fox and robin. 

The artists also makes miniature accessories by hand like dog collars, horse bridles and even miniature toys and blankets. 

Local artist Dayna McFadden

Local artist Dayna McFadden

Dayna continued: ‘I'm overwhelmed by the amount of interest people have in my art. I put my heart and soul into every piece. You name it I'll attempt to make it. 

‘My favourite is the palomino coloured horse because I spent the most time on her and wanted to produce something on another level to what I have so far. She contains the real horses tail hair too.’ 

To see Dayna’ work go to https://www.facebook.com/MyHeartFeltFriend