Pauline Lyders: Soft Structure | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

Pauline Lyders: Soft Structure

A background in architecture led to felting


reativity can sometimes be elusive for some people, while others can harness it and put it into anything they do. Pauline Lyders is one of those creativity harnessers. With a background in architecture, you'll now find Lyders applying those concepts to felting. Yes, felting. Not concrete, not wood; just locally sourced wool that Lyders sculpts and manipulates into structured, elegant wall hangings for air plants.

The soft, felted creations are part design, part sculpture and look a tad bit impossible— almost gravity defying. Anyone who has worked with fiber knows it can be hard to shape and sculpt. "The architecture background has influenced how I make things by providing framework for design—the concept, the working out the construction. The process is part of how a building is built. But it is also how anything gets made."

Lyders applies that thinking to almost anything she does. Whether it be seasonal designs or a quick summer frock, she often writes about her creations on her blog, "By Pauline." Often inspired by her Central Oregon surroundings and the things she finds here, she offers tips and how-tos on a variety of creative endeavors. "When I had my kids, I started getting back into making things again, which was something to do with them."

But you won't find paper plate masks or God's eyes on Lyders' blog; instead find interesting, well-designed and achievable designs you can make yourself. In a world of DIY everything and endless blogs about how to make things, Lyders takes a calm, meditative and structured approach to easy and elegant designs you can try yourself.

By Pauline, by Pauline Lyders

Teafly Peterson

For the last 20 years, I have been working as an artist and an educator. Some days I am better at one than the other. The good days are when I am excellent at both simultaneously. I love those days. I teach a variety of mediums– painting, drawing, photography, writing, film making. Mostly what I teach is how to...
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