medium /// embroidery




introducing…

My own gallery? YES! For years I’ve wanted my own gallery, and I guess I have always thought of this site as that… minus actual walls and the fact that I can’t sell artists’ work. Well, I had a little a-ha moment last week… remember my GREAT.LY boutique… well late last week I realized that it didn’t have to be a “boutique”, it could be an art gallery! That’s right. Just ART by amazing artists, gathered and grouped into gorgeous little themed exhibitions – YAY! Here are a few pieces that are currently showing at GALLERYONE {“GALLERYONE” because it’s my very first!}

And there’s so much more in there – abstracts, bold black & whites, ceramics! I am having a ridiculous amount of fun pretending that GALLERYONE is an actual bricks and mortar, filling it with everything that I would show in a real space. Not sure why I didn’t figure that out at some point over the past six months while being GREAT.LY’s creative director… anywho, I’ve got it now! I hope you’ll come and visit, and when I stock amazing new pieces by fabulous artists from all over the world, I’ll let you know right here {and on facebook too, of course!}.

ps. See that cute little G at the top left of my site… you can always click on that, and you’ll be at my sweet little gallery asap.

{ Artists above: 1. Frances Marin 2. A Sensible Habit 3. A Sensible Habit 4. Kate Hersh // 5. Ellie Bradley 6. Lisa Golightly 7. Sketch Inc. // 8. Kiana Mosley 9. Kate Wong 10. Kiana Mosley // 11. Louise Van Terheijden 12. Shannon Rankin }





jane denton… and GREAT.LY… and a give-away!


Gah! I absolutely love this colorful, geometric, hand-embroidered work by New Zealand artist Jane Denton! I love it so much in fact, that I’ve stocked that last piece, the big beautiful X, in my GREAT.LY shop … yes, GREAT.LY officially launches today! We should celebrate, yes? Hm… how about a give-away of one of Jane’s amazing pieces!? Like this one:

Jane has generously given this amazing, triangular, framed original to me so that I can then give it to one of you! Isn’t that the nicest thing EVER? I saw it in person when I was in New York for the GREAT.LY press party, and I was very tempted to give it away to myself! But that wouldn’t be very nice, so just leave a comment on this post and I’ll draw one winner on Friday May 23 at midnight PST, and I’ll announce the winner on Saturday morning. Good luck! {and go check out GREAT.LY! I’m so proud to be part of it… can you tell?!}

ps. see that little G at the top left of the site… up with FB etc… yep, that’s a direct link to my GREAT.LY boutique, and if you see those on other blogs, it will link through to their shops. YAY!

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AND THE WINNER IS …. ME! Ok, no it isn’t. The name I pulled last night at midnight was HEIDI LEECH! YAY Heidi! Thanks to everyone that entered… I’ll do another one as soon as I can ♥





maría aparicio puentes



I wrote about an architect/artist yesterday, and here we are again! Instead of giant, precise paper flowers, today is all about black and white buildings and some very precise, colorful embroidery. This is a new body of work by one of my favorite artists, Chilean artist María Aparicio Puentes. If you happen to be in Madrid between now and June 15th {lucky you!} you can pop in and see this gorgeous work in person {lucky you, again!}. Here’s the info:

Title: Geometrías compartidas: Barcelona – Santiago de Chile
Dates: May 20 – June 15 014
Where: Arte Lateral Santa Ana. – Plaza Santa Ana 12, Madrid Spain

ps. María happens to be one the artists featured in my second book, COLLAGE. You should see the piece that she made for it… so, so good!






becky joye

Oh, I love this work so much! “Amusement” is a mixed media series {acrylic, pencil, and thread on board} by American artist Becky Joye. They are just so fun, and I love how those bright colors pop on that black background! Gorgeous. This is her most recent series, but I have to say, I also love these acrylic and pencil pieces that she did a few years ago from a series titled In Search of Lightness:

Love. And speaking of love, I’m off to watch my little sister get married tomorrow! Bridesmaid dress? Check! Have a great weekend, see you on Monday!

{Thanks so much to Jeanne Heifetz for a link to Becky’s work}





aaron skolnick



Now that is a lot of Jackie O. … and I love it! American artist Aaron Skolnick clearly has a thing for the former first lady and has used paint, mylar, colored pencils, graphite, paper, and thread to show his love. When I asked him “Why Jackie O?”, this was his answer:

I was very interested in the affect of the JFK Assassination and felt that Jackie was the final affect of that moment. I was also interested in her stoic nature and how she held herself together in front of the nation. It became an obsession that I couldn’t quit.

And I’m so glad that he didn’t.





dear 2013…




Dear 2013,

This is our last day together, so I just wanted to say… you were amazing.

You were filled with art that was delicate, mysterious, funny, touching, strange, controversial, and breath-taking.

You were there when I finished my first bookand started on my second.

You took me to all sorts of lovely places like Salt Lake CityChattanoogaAustinLA, and Maui. {ps. In January, Stefan Sagmeister kissed me in SLC, so that was a pretty great way to kick off the year!}

You gave me the chance to guest write for lovely folks like Victoria Smith on sfgirlbybay, Emily Henderson, and Anthology Magazine.

You were the first year that I really gave my own artwork a shot… even if I resisted. A lot.

You were the year I spent settling into a new town, and home, with my amazing husband and super sweet little boy. We had twelve months of adventure ~ making new friends, swimming in the lake, fishing, jumping off docks, and eating more ice cream than three people should ever consume.

You were also the one that introduced me to so many lovely new friends {like Stephanie, Emily H, Ginny, Leah, Emily LSamantha, Mark, Alyson, Melinda, & Diana}, and gave me time to visit with some really wonderful old friends {Autumn, Kathleen, Jessica, Mary-Jo, Janette, Melanie, Meleny, Christy, Janna & Jason, Kira … love you guys!}. AND there are so many more of you who I plan to catch up with in 2014… I’m talking to you Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, New York, Toronto and Vancouver friends! I might even make my way to Paris and London {fingers crossed!}

And finally, you did a pretty good job of teaching me how to slow down, so that I could truly enjoy everything along the way. Thanks. I needed that!

So, with that I’ll say bye bye, 2013. I can’t wait to meet your pal, 2014… I’m pretty excited to see what she’s got in store for all of us.

~ danielle xo

Happy New Year, everyone. I hope you have an amazing, fun, safe night tonight! Thank you so much for being part of my little world, I appreciate it more than I could ever put into words.

Ok, are you ready? 2014. Let’s fill it up with creative genius… GO!

{1. Prospect Goods 2. Rachel Castle 3. CONFETTI SYSTEM 4. Max Wanger 5. ROTGANZEN}





nana akua’s grandmother

Have you seen these amazing things?!



Amazingly detailed, hand-embroidered Christmas ornaments? No, although they would be perfect on my tree! These are called temari balls. I had never heard of them before, so just in case they are new to you too, here’s a bit of Wikipedia info:

Temari are highly valued and cherished gifts, symbolizing deep friendship and loyalty. Also, the brilliant colors and threads used are symbolic of wishing the recipient a brilliant and happy life. Becoming a temari artist in Japan today requires specific training, and one must be tested on one’s skills and technique before being acknowledged as a crafter of temari.

Traditionally, temari were often given to children from their parents on New Year’s Day. Inside the tightly wrapped layers of each ball, the mother would have placed a small piece of paper with a goodwill wish for her child. The child would never be told what wish his or her mother had made while making the ball.

Lovely. Beautiful on the outside, and so, so sweet on the inside. The temari balls featured in this post are the work of an 88 year old grandmother. Since the 1960s she has literally made hundreds and hundreds of them, and recently her granddaughter, Nana Akua, documented them – thank goodness!

{via Colossal}





jose romussi


Another day, another post featuring contemporary embroidery! I have written about Chilean artist Jose Romussi a couple of times already {here and here}, but when I saw his new, flowery/fashiony work, well, how could I resist? Gorgeous!

ps. Jose is 1 of the 30 artists featured in my second book with Chronicle {on shelves Fall 2014}… it’s called COLLAGE, and I’m so excited to tell you more! Wait til you see what Jose made for it! ♥





anouk desloges


Ok. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on here, but I like it! Toronto/Quebec City based artist Anouk Desloges embroiders… on plexiglass? The description of the work is: Textile embroidery on plexiglass, bronze leaf. I think there might actually be holes in the plexi?! Anyway, whatever is happening there is absolutely gorgeous. The first three are like beautifully embroidered, bronze-leafed rorschach tests… I know what I see… what do you see?





ana teresa barboza



Oh my word. So good!!! I wrote about another embroidery artist last week, and in the comments field someone {aka Kelsey from The Tarot Nook} suggested I take a look at the work of Peruvian artist Ana Teresa Barboza. Yep. I loved it. I’m quite sure that an audible little ‘gasp’ snuck out of me when I clicked through to Ana Teresa’s site. Some of her work is so simple, and other pieces are incredibly complex – but all of them have so much feeling – and some of those feelings are pretty uncomfortable, especially in those last two pieces! Ouch.