Pearl and the Whale

It’s about a girl named Pearl, but really, it’s a story about us. All of us. Living on this one little gem we call EARTH, spinning and floating through space and time. Which I doubt I’ll ever be too old to be in awe of. Thanks to Bethany Kohoutek for photographing all of it, and bringing the story to life.

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All the characters are needle-felted, which means each one is shaped from wool roving. The wool starts out like fluffs of cotton candy, little soft bundles just waiting to be shaped with a special felting needle. See how tiny these two whales are? I hung them in diorama-like sets, using watercolor backdrops and layered plexi-glass to create waves.

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A little bit of sun-styling, below. Gotta get those solar flares happenin’.

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A couple of my husband’s microphone stands and white gaffer work out perfectly for holding up the solar system.

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Here are some early-on sketches below, for the book. Looking at a book release this year (!!!) for Pearl and the Whale.

PHOTOS BY BETHANY KOHOUTEK (a most wonderful and creative soul)

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9 thoughts on “Pearl and the Whale

  1. When will it be available to purchase? My daughter-in-law is a needle felter also. I can’t wait to get the book which I saw in “Family Fun” magazine

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