The first one is the unbelievable mosaic Dream Garden. It was created by Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1916 to grace the lobby of The Saturday Evening Post at 601 Walnut Street. At 15 x 49 feet this enormous rendition of a Maxfield Parrish painting was created entirely with pieces of Favrile glass, an iridescent glass that was a patented look for Tiffany Lamp Co. The piece was bought by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in 1998 when casino mogul Steve Wynn attempted to scoop it up and cart it off to Vegas!
In a recent interview with the NY Times (it's no coincidence that this is their signature "T"), Magraw says he was drawn to embroidery by "the layers of intention that can gather in such a slow process". This really spoke to me, as a fiber artist. The idea of layered intention is really everything that needlepoint is about. He goes on to talk about how we interact with stitching every day, in "mundane but essential ways..." This T of his is starting to pop up on Pintrest and Facebook---and I am sure we will be seeing more of this artists work in future!
How was this made?
What does it mean?
Created by Yale grads Casper Lam and YuJune Park at Synoptic Office it is a veritable typographic topography of how we use our letters. "The physical form of language is a record of collective memory.In this monotype typeface, the height of the letterforms is determined by how often a letter is used. This typeface maps the rhythmic ebb and flow of English.Each letter sits in a 6 x 6 inch square, allowing for any combination of letters to run seamlessly both vertically and horizontally."
It's so amazing, I just want to run my hands over it. Each letter is constructed to fit every other letter, so you can get the topography of any word, just by lining it up!
I could not be more proud and pleased with the entries for the color competition!
Thank you for making the effort and bringing out your creativity for all to see! What a joy!
|another Heather entry|
Even better is what she had to say:
The pomegranate has been mentioned in many ancient texts, notably the Book of Exodus, the Homeric Hymns and the Qur'an. In recent years, it has reached mainstream prominence in the commercial markets of North America and the Western Hemisphere.
Pomegranates were known in Ancient Israel as the fruits which the scouts brought to Moses to demonstrate the fertility of the "promised land". It is traditional to consume pomegranates on Rosh Hashana, because the pomegranate, with its numerous seeds, symbolizes fruitfulness. Also, it is said to have 613 seeds, which corresponds with the 613 Mitzvot or commandments of the Torah.
This weekend I am teaching a class for The Pomegranate Guild of New Jersey. I am really excited to meet this group, I have my kits ready, and my supplies packed!
|The Shalom Card which can be used for any occasion or for any of the Jewish Holidays.|
For my class, we will be stitching "A Year in Cards"which combines stitch work with papercraft. I am really looking forward to meeting everyone and having a great afternoon of stitching!
I was preparing for the Pomegranate Guild Workshop a few weeks back and found myself going through some of my designs. I came across a favorite: Midnight Garden. As I looked at this beautiful Sampler it occurred to me that I should do another colorway for it, a Midday Garden! I pulled the threads, and found a daytime lavender canvas, and made it happen.
And last but not least--The Beader's Toolbox! With each scrumptious hue, you get glass vials full of beads and embellishments, as well as a collection of needles in various sizes. Three Floss skeins, and two rolls of coordinated vintage thread spools, and you have everything you need to go to town.
|STACKS OF BEAD TOOLBOXES!|
|Blue Beaders ToolBox|
|Red Beader's Toolbox|
|Teal Beader's Toolbox|
|Yellow Beader's Toolbox|
Jeanne Polzin, thank you for your design Mulberry & Lime.
Do you know Jeanne? Please tell her I'm grateful for her beautiful piece.
PS... these are the colors of her piece...
Sculpting with fiber can mean many things. It can mean knotted or snarled, knitted and woven. Fibers can form panels that are as tough as wood, or they can be draped and gauzy. The world or fiber sculpture has opened up it's definitions of what can be. And as an accessible, easy to use material, more and more artists are finding innovative ways to play with fiber.
But how about the act of removing fibers to create art? Sculptor Seung Mo Park does just that: subtract from the whole to create extraordinary figurative portraits. His wonderful method of layering swathes of wire mesh and pulling select strands out, create these ephemeral, 3 dimensional images.
For more of Park's works, check out the Blank Space Gallery website.