Martin Usborne is best known for his book dogs in cars. Recently I
discovered his other dog series; nice to meet you. Martin photographed
abandoned, untrained dogs through material or a substance.
As with his previous series, the dogs “are used to reflect that unspoken,
instinctive side of our nature”.
I am so excited for this years Maker Faire NYC. I will be teaching
needlepoint and cross stitch both days from 12:30-4:30 in the
NeedleArts Zone. Lessons are free so you must give it a try.
Personally, I can’t wait to check out the 3D printing. I better not
come home with a new printer!
Chiharu Shiota creates magnificent installations enveloped in thread.
Whether it’s a room or an object it’s pure magic. I look forward to the 2015
Venice Biennale, where she will be representing Japan.
New sugar skull tapestry kits from Billy Grrrl. This sugar skull canvas has
colorful flower eyes and a shiny metallic silver face. A fun and easy
beginner craft kit perfect for tweens and adults. New color variations will
soon be available in the Billy Grrrl Etsy Shop. I love stitching skulls and
working with metallic threads. Various sized stripes were added to the
background for a vibrant modern look.
I can’t wait to see the documentary Art and Craft, a documentary
about art forger Mark Landis. Mark, a schizophrenic who’s
forgeries have been in over 60 museums nationwide, has never profited
from his actions and has never committed a crime. His paintings have
made it into museums because he pretends to be a philanthropist
and donates the canvases to these institutions. This is definitely a
truth is stranger than fiction story.
Magical & otherworldly is how I would describe the embroidery and
illustratons of Japanese artist, Azumi Sakata. I love the mix of thread,
beading and humor in her pieces.
Azumi received her MFA at The Royal College of Art in London.
The work of Brooklyn based artist and fashion designer, Heather Marie Scholl encompasses many themes including feminism, sexuality and
beauty. Heather describes her upcoming show, Sometimes It’s Hard to
be a Womanas an installation that:
“addresses issues of domestic violence with my unique visual language.
It is a social statement but with a lot of beauty, and metaphor, and fashion
running through it. Its elegant and heavily hand embroidered, but
disquieting through the environmental set up.”Sometimes It’s Hard to be a Woman opens November 7 at
FiveMyles Gallery in Brooklyn.
I am so looking forward to getting my copy of Knit Wit Magazine – a
lifestyle magazine for the fiber art and craft community. This will be
a bi-annual publication filled with interviews, editorials, travelogues
and shopping. Their Kickstarter campaign doesn’t end until September
10th, and they’ve already surpassed their goal.