Sonja Mellaerts

Since her childhood, Sonja Mellaerts (° 1968) has a love for textile. Growing up in the sewing room of her mother resulted in a training in fashion design. She later combined her job in the fashion industry with a training in textile design in Tilburg. Art has been a passion of Sonja as well. She studied painting at the Hagelandse Academy of fine arts for several years.

After a period of illness, she decided to close the fashion chapter in the beginning of 2017 and focused on ecologically sustainable felt design. Local sheperds supply the wool, nature is her supplier of inspiration and dyes. 

She is guided by the wool and other rich materials, works intuitively with color combinations and composition. That makes the felt paintings intriguing to look at, snugly by texture and inviting to touch. All designs are unique. The raw, organic wool is visible in many of her work, but there are sleek modern pieces as well.

Everything is felted in a traditional way.

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