Absolute Felter creates adult-themed masterpieces using child-friendly materials

Glasgow’s “finest felt influencer” explains that the project has been an important tool for navigating their recent OCD diagnosis.

Date
30 August 2022

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You’re likely not surprised to hear that humour is the driving force behind Absolute Felter’s brilliant creations. From sweaty tube journeys, cat bums in your face and changing-room mishaps, their felt masterpieces are hilarious and relatable in equal measure. “The aim is to make things feel inclusive,” Absolute Felter says. “It’s about laughing at yourself rather than others.”

Absolute Felter’s technique, they say, is “basic (quite like myself)”. Using thread, glue and scissors, they have a pretty organic approach, allowing their pieces to have a charmingly rough edge. The project began after Absolute Felter walked away from a “horrendous” job due to anxiety, and was then later diagnosed with a case of Pure OCD. Being advised to take on a creative project, they now use their practice to raise awareness of the disorder. In a recent piece, My Dirty Little Secret, Absolute Felter shows a face being “smooshed” with genitals to represent her experience with sexually intrusive thoughts. There are plenty of powerful messages here beneath that funny felt surface.

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Absolute Felter: My Dirty Little Secret (Copyright © Absolute Felter, 2022)

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Absolute Felter: Different Nights In (Copyright © Absolute Felter, 2022)

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Absolute Felter: Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe (Copyright © Absolute Felter, 2022)

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Absolute Felter: What an Arsehole (Copyright © Absolute Felter, 2022)

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Absolute Felter: The Window Cleaner (Copyright © Absolute Felter, 2022)

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Absolute Felter: First Date Bloats (Copyright © Absolute Felter, 2022)

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Absolute Felter: Pit Stop (Copyright © Absolute Felter, 2022)

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Absolute Felter: Shut Up! (Copyright © Absolute Felter, 2022)

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Absolute Felter: One Size Fits All (Copyright © Absolute Felter, 2022)

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Absolute Felter: The Hen Do (Copyright © Absolute Felter, 2022)

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Absolute Felter: Hard Pass (Copyright © Absolute Felter, 2022)

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Olivia Hingley

Olivia joined the It’s Nice That team as an editorial assistant in November 2021 and soon became staff writer. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh with a degree in English literature and history, she’s particularly interested in photography, publications and type design.

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