Di was born is Sydney, Australia many moons ago. Di comes from a family of artists, her father a talented artist, her mother a seamstress, and her grandmother a wedding dress maker. Growing up Di was surrounded by people making various things with all kinds of mediums. Di first started selling her art at the Byron Bay markets in1986. Moving to London in the late 80s Di continued her love of fabric, and fibre, and selling items at local markets.
After moving to Tokyo, Japan in 1990 Di soon established herself with a business in vintage Japanese fabrics. Di’s classes were waitlisted for many years, where she taught her art of creating wall art, quilts, and handbags from vintage kimonos, yukatas and obis.
While living in Tokyo for 16 yrs Di studied needle felting as a hobby with some of Japanese finest teachers. Felted fibres became a passion and continued when she moved to Singapore where her felted art began to take form.
Now living in Brisbane, Australia Di runs Wild Woolly where she does commission work for clients. Di’s inspiration comes from her love of animals, the details in Japanese fabric and art, the lushness of Singapore, and her tropical Queensland garden.
Di spends most days in her studio/workshop with her sister Annette, who is also a talented artist and the silent partner that keeps Wild Woolly humming again. They brain storm and bounce ideas off each other, while their dogs Birdie and Holly sleep under the tables.
Wild Woolly’s Commitment
Wild Woolly has a commitment to position their impact on community and environment as critical measurements of their success. We are trying as hard as possible to follow these principles:
Transparent & ethical sourcing of materials
Waste-conscious packaging (recyclable, as little material as possible)
Environmentally conscious manufacturing practices
Shipping options that negate the carbon footprint
Diverting landfill waste at their products end-of-life
Therefore we are following supply chains, supporting local businesses, and buying Australian products above all else. Products are chosen for their circle to circle lifetime which means they come from the earth and can be returned to earth. Therefore 100% wools, safe dyes, wooden tools, and recycled paper and cardboard are the core materials of our business. We are trying to be plastic free by using all recycled packaging. When we receive plastic we reuse it in our packaging.
Wild Woolly’s Products and Services
Custom Made Dogs
From photos Di will make a miniature replica of your dog.
Beautiful kits with 3D creations and 2D wool paintings, all designed by Di.
Based in Coorparoo, Brisbane, we stock high quality needle felting supplies. Sent out within 1-2 business days.
Workshops & Online Tutorials
Workshop are held in Brisbane. Bookings can be made online. Kits are also sold with pre recorded tutorials.
A collection of delightful animal creations, all designed by Di.
Modern taxidermy, combat animal cruelty, and enjoy the beauty of your own life size animal head trophy.
See What People Are Saying
I cannot thank Di enough for what she created for our family. To have a replica of our beautiful Sammy after losing him is just so special. Our children love to be able to still see Sammy and retell all their wonderful memories of him. Thankyou Di.
I received a figure of my dog Chelsea for my birthday. I am impressed with the level of detail and likeness the figure! Even when you flip it over, it is so remarkable to see the same markings on her tummy. It is such a personal and emotional gift so I really appreciate the obvious amounts of effort and care that has gone into the creation of Chelsea’s figure. I would definitely recommend getting a figure of your pet! I cannot thank my parents enough for the gift and the artist for sharing her skill. Thank you! (You can see Chelsea on the website – she’s the caramel dog with a chuck it ball in her mouth!). Just to confirm that these are custom.
Lovely afternoon spent with teacher Di who is an amazing artist. The felting class was very informative and you are provided with all the materials and equipment to make your very own felted fox. Beautiful setting in her studio with lots of light and breezes. Will definitely pursue this art form. So much fun.