Category Archives: Yarn and Thread

Chain-Mail-Sewing

Finally, I mailed the letters. 8 envelopes have been stamped and sent off to 3 different states.

This idea was conceived at a merch table while listening to a FishBoy! show during NX35.

Everyone knows the basics of chain-mail: each person sends one thing around the circle, adding something or whatever, until it eventually reaches the original owner. The sewing taking on it involves an item of some sort (shirt, skirt, scarf, scrap fabric) being mailed around and added to/altered/embroidered/bedazzled/made into something entirely unrecognizable. And the general joy of getting mail, especially packages,  from a friend and not knowing what kind of surprise waits inside.

If you want to join in, the more the merrier, just leave a comment here.

Mailboxes beware!

ps.Like my new little stamp? I think he’ll be my logo from now on.

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Wheeled Portraits

“It ain’t what they call you, its what you answer to” – W.C. Fields

Started/finished this one last night, 9:30-1, frantic stitching.

First in a series; wheels instead of faces.
I’m kind of obsessed with working in series right now: airport photos, birds, my breakfast every morning, it goes on.

Handmade Bash!

HOW DID  I JUST NOW HEAR ABOUT THIS?

TOMORROW, SATURDAY MAY 1ST

11 AM-5 PM

SOUTH SIDE ON LAMAR
1409 S. LAMAR STREET
DALLAS, TX

I hate being out of the loop. And having plans already. But you should go, definitely. Check out their site here.

Lauren McEntire

Can Pop Sensibility Save Us? 2007 34” x 55”

Distant Proximity, 2005, 1.5′ x 4′

“I became interested in working with these materials — knitting, sewing, embroidery — because the physical processes inherent in the repetitive handwork were more satisfying on both a ritualistic and symbolic level. Not only did I find them more immediately comfortable in both an aesthetic and medative sense, I also felt they connected me to the long history of women’s art that (ancient and medieval) women were “allowed” to study and practice, and to second wave feminist artists’ attempt to reinvestigate these traditions as capable of producing meaningful art.”

-excerpt from Lauren’s artist statement

I’ve fallen in love with the simplicity of Lauren’s work; traditional embroidered images and techniques combined with contemporary concepts are immediately engaging. The pieces draw you in with the sense of familiar comfort of your grandmothers quilts and keep your attention when you notice the unusual materials and forms. I am completely head over heels for her work, and you should take a look too. Lauren McEntire, new favorite fibers artist.

Bird Lover

This is going to an art auction to support Meowwolf, an artist collective in Santa Fe my friend Adam is a part of.

I haven’t developed the film from this weekend, but this very blurry picture sums up the weekend pretty well.

There is also a video, but it’s a little much to take in.

I need to start getting my work done, whats up 2 books, 4 lesson plans, a few power points? I need to stop diddling on the computer and get you done before I fail.

Miyata

made from twine taken from the bars of my miyata.
today is a day of tying up loose ends.

Volvo

finished last night, inspired by a cracked dashboard.