Borbala Arvai

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.

Workshops & Presentations

  • Needle Felted Owl Spirit Necklace Workshop

    105 min | Teen Wonderland

    “The owl spirit animal is emblematic of a deep connection with wisdom and intuitive knowledge. If you have the owl as totem or power animal, you’re likely to have the ability to see what’s usually hidden to most. When the spirit of this animal guides you, you can see the true reality, beyond illusion and deceit. The owl also offers for those who have it a personal totem the inspiration and guidance necessary to deeply explore the unknown and the magic of life” www.spiritanimal.info

    In the Needle Felted Owl Spirit Necklace Workshop, Borbala will be sharing the basics of needle felting, how to use the different kind of wools and how to create a Barn Owl pendant, that can be worn as a necklace or hanged anywhere else.
    You will also learn how to attach feathers and use hemp cord and wooden beads. The workshop is recommended for ages 8 and up. All materials and supplies will be provided.
    Length: 105 minutes
    Max number of participants: 15

  • Needle Felted Magic Mushroom Workshop

    90 min | Imaginarium

    "There is a world beyond ours, a world that is far away, nearby, and invisible. And there is where God lives, where the dead live, the spirits and the saints, a world where everything has already happened and everything is known. That world talks. It has a language of its own. I report what it says. The sacred mushroom takes me by the hand and brings me to the world where everything is known. It is they, the sacred mushrooms, that speak in a way I can understand. I ask them and they answer me. When I return from the trip that I have taken with them, I tell what they have told me and what they have shown me." Mazatec shaman, Maria Sabina

    In the Needle Felted Magic Mushroom Workshop Borbala will be sharing the basics of needle felting, how to use the different kind of wools and how to create your own magic mushroom with beautiful vibrant colors.
    You will also learn how to attach hemp cord and wooden beads and create a necklace. The workshop is recommended for ages 8 and up. All materials and supplies will be provided.
    Length: 90 minutes
    Max number of participants: 15

  • Needle Felted Magic Mushroom Workshop

    105 min | Altar of Earth

    In the Needle Felted Magic Mushroom Workshop Borbala will be sharing the basics of needle felting, how to use the different kind of wools and how to create your own magic mushroom with beautiful vibrant colors. You will also learn how to attach hemp cord and wooden beads and create a necklace. The workshop is recommended for ages 8 and up. All materials and supplies will be provided.