Chewing Camel by Laura Lee Burch

Chewing Camel by Laura Lee Burch

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This needle-felted hand sculpture is a one-of-a-kind collectors’ item, a delicate work of fiber art. The camel, a symbol of the Middle East that harks back to Israel’s local roots, is depicted here in painstaking detail, from its crooked yellow teeth to its knobby knees, recording the innate majesty of this good-natured creature native to the sands of the Negev Desert.

Materials: Needle-felted raw wool, glass eyes, polymer teeth, waxed toenails.
Dimensions: 11.4in tall x 15.7in long x 3.1in deep.

This needle-felted sculpture is a one-of-a-kind collectors’ item, a delicate work of fiber art. The camel is crafted in Burch’s signature needle felting technique, in which raw wool is sculpted with a special barbed needle, allowing the artist to transform the wool into a solid 3D material that can be molded into intricate textures and details. This technique enables Burch to delve deeply into the camel’s fleeting facial expressions. Burch’s choice of subject—a camel in the middle of chewing its food, in all its good-natured crassness—provides a stark contrast to the softness and expressivity of her materials and technique.

Camels, symbols of the Middle East and harking back to Israel’s local roots, are known for their gentle and stately dispositions, and are not rude and contrary, as is often believed. They are built for the harsh conditions of the desert: they can go for a month without water, the toes of their feet expand to accommodate sand, their nostrils can close to block out sandstorms and their strong jaws allow them to chew dry, thorny brush. Dromedary camels such as the one sculpted here by Burch are mainly found in domesticated herds owned by Bedouins in the south of Israel. They are often brought to Jerusalem and other tourist sites for photo ops, children’s rides, and tours in the desert. Burch’s camel is depicted here in painstaking detail, from its crooked yellow teeth to its knobby knees, as she records the innate majesty of this creature native to the sands of the Negev Desert.

Laura Lee Burch

Burch is a multimedia artist living and working in Jaffa, whose work has spanned the fields of graphic design, illustration, photography, and puppet-making. She founded a gallery store in Tel Aviv where she designs, produces, and sells her handmade products, and cofounded Lullubee, a company that creates and markets craft kits for children. Burch also teaches needle felting seminars in her Tel Aviv gallery.
Read more about Laura here