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“hunting for paper”

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Houses, plants, embroidery thread, vintage ladies… yes, it’s very possible that Amsterdam based collage artist Hagar Vardimon is my soul sister. I’ve written about her a lot, so it was absolute thrill to call nine hours into the future, across the Atlantic to Amsterdam. She was nervous about her English, and her accent, but both are just perfect! You can listen to our collage-nerd conversation right underneath that gorgeous house bursting with plants, or you can subscribe on iTunesFirst up, this was some of the first work of Hagar’s that I ever saw… and it was love at first sight:

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Yes, we both have a thing for houses and embroidery thread! Strangely we’ve also both taken a small break from the embroidery work to play with paper… look what she’s doing with her father’s old paper punch:

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So fun! She’s been posting all of these pieces to her gorgeous Instagram feed, which you absolutely have to follow. These were the women I brought up. I love this body of work so much… the colors, the strangely beautiful shapes, the geometric embroidery, and those fantastic vintage photos:

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Gah! Love, love, love! As I said before, we both have a thing for houses. Here are a few from her “Lonely Houses” series from a couple of years ago:

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That final piece was a commission she did for a family in California {yes, she does commissions… just sayin’}. And finally, I asked Hagar to send me a few shots from her studio. It’s a collage artist’s candyland:

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Oh. I want to go to there. I haven’t told her this yet, but I laughed out loud when she sent that final photo. My clippings look almost exactly the same… except that mine are in a wooden bowl, not a wooden box. But close! Thanks so much to Hagar for talking to me {you too Liam… the youngest guest ever to be interviewed on the podcast!}. Thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and for offering the $50 gift card giveaway happening at the end of February. And finally, as always, a huge thanks to you for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

ps. You can find Hagar’s lovely work for sale in her online shop.

Other links: Emily Barletta ; Hollie Chastain ; Glue I use





textiles, treasures, and a new tribe

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Yes! I’m back after two very relaxing weeks by the fire, with snow falling outside. But, I didn’t sit around doing nothing, oh no… instead of eating chocolate in my jammies, I hopped on Skype and called Maryanne Moodie  – an Australian artist, who now lives in Brooklyn. Ok, I may have been wearing jammies and eating chocolate when I called her. I have been obsessed with her weaving work for ages, and now I’m even more impressed after hearing her totally inspiring self-taught story. And ps., now I want to be a weaver. You can listen to our conversation right up there, under Maryanne in her studio, or you can subscribe on iTunes. First up, a whole bunch of her stunning, vintage-inspired, colorful weavings:

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Gasp! So gorgeous. Doesn’t that last shot (from her amazing instagram feed) make you want to try weaving immediately? Yeah, me too. Luckily for us she sells starter kits, and teaches workshops all over the world! (ps. you can get the kits and buy spots in the classes via her Etsy shop. You can sign up for her enewsletter if you want to find out when/where the workshops are happening. Scroll down to the bottom of her home page and sign up there). I love that she does these classes! So fantastic, and yet another part of her amazing story (you have to listen if you’re not listening already… go right now!). Here are some of her kits and workshops in action:

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So fun! That last shot is in her Brooklyn studio where she works and teaches. Those windows are killing me. Speaking of which, this is the feather piece I mentioned:

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Beautiful! So, after procrastinating for almost a year, I finally warped up the loom (fancy expert weaver talk… I think) that Maryanne sent me last spring. I bought some yarn at my local thrift shop, and threw in some hot pink embroidery thread. Here’s where I am so far:

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A grey rectangle! Oh yes, it’s getting serious in here. So, what do you think? Are you ready to join the tribe…

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Me too! I’m so happy that I got a chance to talk to Maryanne. She is beyond lovely, so generous with her insider weaver information, and clearly very talented. Thank you for saying yes, Maryanne! Thanks also to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode and, of course, to you for stopping by to look/listen. There will be more art for your ear next weekend!





christina t. carrozza

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The softness of fabric and thread, face to face with the harsh devastation of natural disasters. This is the work of American artist Christina T. Carrozza, and these are her words about this series:

“The disaster quilt series … was born from my experience of living through hurricane Sandy, in my new home in Staten Island … I began exploring the theme of natural disasters, using aerial photography as my primary resource. I am currently working on several pieces in this series depicting the earthquake and ensuing tsunami in Japan, the earthquake in Haiti, as well as hurricane Katrina. On the surface the quilts appeal to the senses with abstract beauty but when examined more closely, the viewer is made to recognize these devastating events as well as question the way in which they have been represented. I hope the viewer will experience a quiet realization as they peel back layers of signification and process.”

So good. And because I have always had a soft spot for artists who use traditional “craft” techniques to create fine art, I also have to include this bit from her artist statement: “I intend to break boundaries between fine art and craft by using embroidery, quilting and painting as an expression of the contemporary experience of women. I am exploring my relationship to craft, gender, style and authenticity.” Love.





hagar vardimon-van heummen

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Ok, now I really, really want a cherry popsicle. No, lime! I want lime! These pieces are from the latest mixed media series by Amsterdam based artist Hagar Vardimon-van Heummen. The series is titled, Bubble, and it’s about “being present but invisible at the same time” … ah yes, I’ve felt like that in a bathing suit before. I love Hagar’s embroidery on found images so much, but what I love even more is that she never seems to stop exploring, creating, sharing. Yesterday houses & house plants, today colorful bubbles over summery vintage photographs… I can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds.





hagar cygler

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Tel-Aviv based artist Hagar Cygler started this on-going embroidery series, titled Families’, in 2008 and is still going strong. She lays layers of silhouettes from family photos {hers, friends, found} on top of each other, and then embroiders them onto canvas. I love the overlapping, but I can’t decide if it feels like 1. a special, entangled bond of closeness, or 2. a forced together, over-involved, all over each other’s lives, situation. Hm. Depends on the day, I suppose.





anna westerlund

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Gasp! Ok, I fully understand that these are functional pieces meant for my kitchen, but I would be very tempted to put all of these on special little shelves in a gallery! I am totally in love with the ceramic work of Portugal based artist Anna Westerlund. Delicate flowers, decorative pencil lines, beads ‘n embroidery, and little hits of neon? Yes, please.

{These pieces are available in my gallery… ps. there are not many of each, they are all under $100, shipping is free… and they are selling fast!}





stephanie k. clark

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I cannot get enough of these embroidered dwellings by American artist Stephanie K. Clark. I’ve written about her before, and I’ll write about her again! Her palettes, her composition, her embroidery skills… and her patience! Yep. Oh, so very smitten.

{ps. One of her trailers, not shown here, is available as a 21″x16.25″ print in my Land of Nod spring collection, and I happen to be giving one away on Friday to a lucky person on my “Art for your Inbox” mailing list!}





jane denton

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Oooh… new, quiet, dreamy embroidery work by New Zealand based artist Jane Denton! I’ve written about Jane’s work before – gorgeous, beautifully embroidered geometric shapes – but for those pieces she used bright pops of color like hot pink and deep yellow. This new series is so soft and quiet. Shhh, I think I can hear them whispering my name… “Danielle, you need to have all of us in your house. Immediately.”

{Photos: styled/shot at LET LIV by Kirsty Gibson Photography}





the land of nod & me!

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I’m so excited to finally tell you guys about this! Last April, The Land of Nod asked me to collaborate with them on a series of “Jealous Curator” art collections for nurseries & kids rooms… um, OK! I immediately reached out to ten artists who I thought would be perfect for the Spring collection. I chose them as a curator, but I also had my mom hat firmly on! You see, when my son was a baby, I had a really hard time finding cool art for his room – art that he would like, but also something that I wanted to look at while rocking him in the middle of the night, and during diaper changes, and when we were lying on the floor pretending to be [insert any farm animal here].  That’s what this collection is all about. I chose fun, fresh, candy-hued pieces that your little ones will love, but that can also transition smoothly into the “grown-up” areas of your home… you know, art that you’d be happy to hang in the living room when your baby turns seven and decides to cover his walls in Minecraft posters. Trust me, it happens.

I’ve had to keep this collaboration top secret until the Spring 2015 collection was finally released, and at long last, it’s here! I’m beyond thrilled with this grouping, and so honored to have been able to work with these ten incredibly talented artists. Watercolors, embroidery, paintings and photographs… I love each of them on their own, but also kinda crazy love how they work together! Here’s more info on the full collection {snatched from the LoN site}:

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And a closer view of each one {links at the bottom}:

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Ahhh, I love them all so, so much. {ps. there are only 100 of each piece!} Thank you to The Land of Nod for bringing me into the family, and thank you to the artists… you’re all insanely talented, kind, and really fun to work with!

1. Sarah Gee  2. Stephanie K Clark  3. Trey Speegle  4. Cassia Beck  5. Aimee Bee Brooks  6. Alice Ferrow  7. Valerie Chiang  8. Joël Penkman  9. Alicia Bock  10. Melissa Ryder

 





megan whitmarsh

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I may never look at another book or magazine the same way again! Oh, I would love a stack of these hand sewn, fabric art books/magazines by American artist Megan Whitmarsh on my coffee table. And I know this post is not about me, but have to say it… how insanely cool would it be if she made “Creative Block” out of fabric, foam, embroidery thread, and markers!? Speaking of which, I wonder if these are the markers she uses:

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Maybe!