Atlanta-based Sonya Yong James is the textile designer and fiber artist behind Modern Fiber Lab, which produces handmade, sustainable goods from animal fibers.
I work primarily with wool fibers and various felt techniques. Felt offers an extraordinary range from two dimensional design to sculptural forms for both interiors and personal ornament. No other material is as versatile. Felt is utilitarian, decorative, and completely renewable.
I source all of my fiber from shepherds primarily in the United States. Everything here is a direct link to the natural world.
It's safe to say James has a strong passion for wool felt. In addition to creating the Knit Pod Vessels you see here, she's devoted many Flickr pixels to showing you how the material goes from sheep to studio.
While many of the techniques she uses are time-honored, some are distinctly modern and ad-hoc; as you can see in one photo, she's rigged up a contraption to drag, or rather roll, the wool behind a truck as part of the production process.
Check out James' "Documenting the making of 100 pieces of felt."