My “Grab ‘Em By The Mid-terms” oven mitt was voted-in to the “Know Your Meme: Stitching Viral Art” exhibition and is on display at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles from October 20, 2019 through January 12, 2020. In true “meme” fashion, the artwork selection for the exhibit was driven by the power of the people, curated by the number of online votes.
The exhibition explores the concept of the meme as a poignant method to summarize, understand, and critique important societal issues and current events. All artworks must depict, relate to, or reference a meme through a textile method such as quilting, embroidery, cross- stitching, knitting and crocheting, weaving, basketry, etc.
My Artist's Statement: What better way to “grab ‘em by the mid-terms” than with a hardy, handmade oven mitt! Stitched and sewn in anticipation of the November 2018 mid-term elections. The magenta pink harkens back to the women’s pussy hat marches. A Newsweek story about the January 2018 women’s march called “grab ‘em by the mid-terms” a “mordant” slogan – i.e., biting or stinging. A mitt that is useful in the kitchen and when marching in the street…
I made my own Espadrille shoes in a class at the Butcher's Sew Shop. We brought our own fabric then cut and sewed the two fabrics (outside and lining) into a top and sides.
The fabric was then fitted to the traditional rubber and jute soles (from Diegos), pinned, and blanket-stitched using cotton twine.
The Spoonflower design challenge for this week was "Scandinavian". This is a simple repeating design drawn in the Procreate app using a white "pencil" and a black background. I took inspiration from a wall hanging in a Carl Larsson watercolor. Larsson was a Swedish painter who often painted the rooms in his house and his 8 children.
Many of the interiors depicted in his paintings were the work of his wife and fellow-painter Karin Bergöö Larsson (apparently, even though they both had the same training in painting and met as students, once they were married Carl "refused" to let her paint). So, she worked as an interior designer and developed a new and modern swedish style for interiors (that lives on today in Ikea). She designed and wove many of the textiles used in her house, did embroidery, and designed clothes for herself and her children. Her textile designs and colors were new: "Pre-modern in character they introduced a new abstract style in tapestry. Her bold compositions were executed in vibrant colours; her embroidery frequently used stylised plants. In black and white linen she reinterpreted Japanese motifs." [Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition catalogue, quoted at Carl Larsson Gården] The wall-hanging that inspired me in one of his paintings was probably designed and woven by her.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, identifies her as "the first designer of what would become known as Swedish Modern." According to a book about Karin by Marge Thorell "His paintings of their home made her interior designs famous." Interesting information about her here and here.
One of Karin's lovely weavings (source):
Celebrate the beauty and bounty of the “Garden State” with the 2019 New Jersey Full Moon Calendar that features a Jersey Jam landscape and a Moonstruck Moon (moonstruck: "affected in mind or health by the light of the moon"). This unique "tea towel" calendar combines the traditional Native American Indian “Full Moon” names (e.g., the Snow Moon, the Hunger Moon) with the unique attributes of New Jersey — and shows all the phases (new, waxing, full, waning) of the moon for each month. February's full moon is the “Goldfinch Moon” (the state bird). April is the Jersey Fresh Moon (the Jersey Fresh program helps keep the state's farming tradition alive & thriving). August is the "Corn Silk Moon" -- when that sweet Jersey corn is at its peak!
I was not pleased when I saw this week's Spoonflower design challenge -- "sloths" -- but decided I would work with it and I actually had fun and was surprised that my final design ended up being something I love -- a houndstooth pattern. You just never know.
I looked at some photos of sloths and drew one in the Procreate app.
Then I took my "bow tie black and white" design and put several screen grabs of it behind the sloth. I used Adobe Capture to quickly turn the bow ties into line art and placed the art using Photoshop's new Project Para that lets you design repeats to produce this:
When I tiled the design into a half-brick layout, I saw the rhythm of the houndstooth!
Bottoms up! I had fun with this Spoonflower design challenge for a large-scale black and white wallpaper design as black and white is my favorite combo. A good black and white combination excites the eye... Here I combined two of the glass silhouettes that I've used in some of my Modern Prayer Flags.
This Spoonflower Fair Isle design challenge combines a colorful abstract fair isle pattern with an Alphabet Code pattern. I've always been fascinated by the alphabet charts that show you how to construct letters and words out of stitches for knitting, embroidery, and cross-stitch. Some are very basic and block-like as these letters are; others diagram very elaborate and detailed letters.
Anger and rage are driving my entry for this week’s Spoonflower design challenge: chinoiserie (drawn using the 6B sketching Pencil in the Procreate App)🔹 Inspired by a Chinese tile (circa 1700-1724) from the Rijksmuseum and the unforgettable words of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that were painted outside the doors of the Yale Law School #MeToo #womensreality #ThankYouChristine
This week's Spoonflower fabric design challenge was for an "illustrated animal tea towel." So, in light of the events of February 4th, 2018 and the resulting joy and pandemonium in Philadelphia and its surroundings, I present "Top Dogs".
My design for the Spoonflower Retro Bar Cart challenge (drawn in ProCreate). Inspired by these words from an 1894 issue of Popular Science: "Sparkling wine was so far beyond the old-style still wine that the two could not be compared in the same breath. The delicious and original qualities of vin mousseux are a fine color, a snap, a sparkle, and "beaded bubbles winking at the brim," a quick, fleeting taste to the tongue, an almost imperceptible bouquet, and last but not least a subtle, exhilarating effect."
This 1950s Spoonflower challenge design was inspired by the furnishing fabrics of designer Marian Mahler.
According to the Victoria & Albert museum: "Marian Mahler (ca.1911-1983 b. Austria) was a freelance artist who studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna from 1929 to 1932 and then at the Royal State Academy. In 1937 she emigrated to Britain where she worked for various leading textile manufacturers including Allan Walton, Edinburgh Weavers and Donald Brothers."
This Spoonflower 1920s design challenge entry -- Abstract Art Deco Tree motif -- was inspired by an abstract design from the book “Kaleidoscope” by the brothers Adam and Maurice Verneuil.
The designs in Kaleidoscope, were intended as inspiration for textiles and/or wall-coverings. Published in France in 1925, it was produced using "pochoir" -- a highly labor intensive process of printing that used stencils (here is a good overview of pochoir). Artists and craftsmen hired pochoir artisans to produce limited-edition journals, books, decorative and fine-art prints, and illustrated deluxe portfolios. The technique reached its height in 1920s Paris, with the works produced by the firm of Jean Saudé.