Carol Jensen is a three dimensional fiber artist who transforms merino wool into felt art. Before moving to SW Florida, she lived on Whidbey Island in Washington State. While at an annual arts and crafts festival on the island, she first experienced felting and was eager to learn how to make fabric out of fiber.
Her interests in the past have included pottery and stained glass. She is self-taught and utilizes heat, moisture and agitation in the felting process to intertangle the wool fiber permanently. She uses waterproof resists to create layers and then hand shapes the wool surfaces into bowls and vessels. Fibers such as silk, flax, bamboo, Firestar and Angelina dramatically embellish her felt art. She also acid dyes some of the natural wool and fibers into vibrant colors which are lightfast. People are drawn to her art as they initially think it is pottery or blown glass and are compelled to touch her art. They comment on the colors and are intrigued by how her artwork is created.
Carol was awarded first place in 3D art at the Juried Art Gallery of the Coupeville Arts Festival in 2015, the very festival where she introduced to how felt was made. She has been represented by two art galleries on Whidbey Island and also invited to speak and share her love of felt art by the Seattle Knitters Guild as well as Art Quilters Unlimited in Fort Myers.
Carol moved to Southwest Florida in 2016 and has been featured artist at COCO Art Gallery in Estero and Seagrape Gallery in Punta Gorda. She was featured artist in an article for international magazine, Felt Matters, in May of 2020.