Visual artist, Borbala Arvai fell in love with needle felting in 2007. Since then she has created thousands of entirely handmade sculptures, figures, dolls, reliefs, pictures, and jewelry with this technique, combining wool with natural fibers, recycled material and found objects in a unique way. She also takes pictures of her creations and presents them on greeting cards, wall art, and books.
Borbala has also taught hundreds of people how to express themselves through this art form. She finds great joy in both creating and sharing this unique form of expression.
Borbala opened her Etsy shop, BoriDolls Creations, in 2009, where she is offering a variety of felted objects, including toys, decorations, wall art, soft sculptures, and jewelry. Her creations are inspired by nature, celebrations, birth, rebirth, the imaginary world, children’s stories, and Waldorf education.
Borbala was born in Hungary and received her MA in Visual Communication/Graphic Design from the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, Hungary in 2000. Before she discovered needle felting, she worked as a freelance graphic designer, theatrical dancer/performer, and as a makeup artist for film and television. She is a self-taught felter/dollmaker.
She currently lives next to the Los Padres National Forest in Ojai, CA with her family.