Woolly Tales: The Needle-Felted Art and Magic of Holman Wang

by | May 5, 2021 | Profiles

Sometimes, when two seemingly ordinary things intersect, the most unexpected magic happens.

In the case of Holman Wang, Vancouver-based artist, author, lawyer, husband, and dad of two, this magic shines from every one of his unique needle-felted childrens book illustrations. His award-winning work combines wry wit, incredible detail, and a gentle atmosphere to create an all-ages appeal spanning more than fifteen picture books.

Holmans creations bring to life stories that range from the Cozy Classics (clever twelve-word retellings of classic books like Pride & Prejudice and Moby Dick) and Star Wars Epic Yarns primers—co-created with his brother, Jack—to his solo projects, Great Job, Mom! and Great Job, Dad!, that celebrate some of the unsung heroics of parenting.

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Holman by email from his home in Vancouver about the art of needle felting, adventures in outdoor scene photography, and his plans for future creative adventures.

(Left and Centre) From set-up to final shot. The soft flow and incredible detail of Holman’s work shine in this illustration from Cozy Classics: Pride & Prejudice by Jack and Holman Wang.

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STAR WARS is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd. Images © Lucasfilm. Ltd.
Photos courtesy of Holman Wang and Chronicle Books.
Cozy Classics and Star Wars Epic Yarns are published by Chronicle Books.
Great Job, Mom! and Great Job, Dad! are published by Penguin Random House Canada.

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