Kami Watson is a second generation felter with an impeccable eye for combining color and texture to create functional, wearable art. Kami Watson Studio 256 of the Flying Monkey Arts is full of vibrant, vivid hand crafted coats, scarves, flowers and more, all developed with an ecological sensitivity. Kami’s art is influenced by her background in environmentalism in the Peace Corps, which has led her to explore wool as a renewable resource, combining it with cast off materials that would otherwise end up in landfills. She travels to her family farm in Virginia to gather wool for her pieces, taking her work step by step from farm to shelf. This process could last anywhere from an hour to a few weeks depending on the size of the garment.
Kami initially learned the trade from her mother, and developed her own style by making clothing and accessories to wear herself. She explored other art forms and even taught art to at risk youths through her time with Americorps, but other mediums were never as cathartic for her as felting. Now she felts full time, using her studio as a main location but traveling frequently to art shows both regionally and nationally. She also shares her love of textiles through classes and workshops. Check her website http://www.kamiwatsonstudio.com/ for class information and upcoming shows, and be sure to visit Studio 256 of the Flying Monkey Arts to see what Kami is working on now!