Tylar Merrill is the owner of Thimbleberry Felt Designs Studio & Gallery and has been creating felt art and teaching fashion design for over 30 years. She was first introduced to felting in 1984 and has become entranced by this rich and ancient textile. Learning the process of felting was a very natural and perhaps inevitable transition for her art.
Tylar uses her background in painting, quilting, dyeing, and design to create each unique art object. Mixing colored fibers with abstract hand strokes bring together these loves in exciting and satisfying ways. Tylar has always loved color and fiber. Felting has given her the opportunity to combine and explore color, texturing, 3-dimensional form, folk art and fashion design.
Her fashion collection includes a wide range and styles of garments and accessories based on the nuno felting technique, the art of fusing silk and cotton fabrics with wool fiber. All designs are original and are made from start to finish in her studio, Thimbleberry Felt Designs, located in Eugene, Oregon.
Tylar’s felted fashions are distinctive and unique to the Pacific Northwest, featuring functionality, highlighting color blending, surface texture, and utmost practical wearability with a bit of whimsy.
Thimbleberry Felt Designs has received many awards over the years and her fashions have been featured on both Portland Fashion Week and the Uncommon Threads runways in Portland, Or and St. Charles, Ill.
Tylar currently sells her work at ECO Sleep Solutions in downtown Eugene and at her gallery at her home in Eugene. She teaches both groups and private classes to aspiring beginners and experienced felt artists. Her textural felts have inspired other felt artists and students for years. She has vast experience of teaching every age group and every ability.
Tylar enjoys and values working with wool because it is a renewable resource and a healthy component of a sustainable ecology.
See more at tylarmerrill.com.