Educated initially in the University of Wisconsin system, Nora Koch has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking and Book Arts from the University of Iowa. To her surprise, in 2016 she found herself turning away from two-dimensional work to needle felting, a homey technique used to create realistic animals from unspun wool.
Experience with and affection for animals inform her work, from her upbringing on a dairy farm learning the ways of cows, horses, cats and dogs, to the beautiful nativity story told in the Gospel of Luke. This domestication of animals and agriculture are at the foundation of all human cultures. She tries to express this in the needle felted animals she makes conveying both, with humility and joy.