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Fearless Dreaming at House of Organic NYC

Posted on: Monday, December 14, 2009

Mixed media drawing/ fiber installation by Abigail Doan and Meiling Chen as part of the 'Fearless Dreaming' exhibit at House of Organic in NYC this past weekend

Fiber forms by Abigail Doan and stitch/cloth drawing by Meiling Chen

'Fearless Dreaming' ideas related to eco fiber art and sustainable fashion

'Fearless Dreamer', designer Meiling Chen, visits with guests at the weekend's open house (sculpture by Sara Hubbs in foreground)

Fabulous and fearless shoe sculpture by Sara Hubbs

Designer Meiling Chen (in reflection) with her print illustrations and sustainable fashion collection

'Winged' recycled shoe sculpture by Sara Hubbs

Bejeweled Vegetation by Artist Amy Gross

Posted on: Friday, October 30, 2009

* all images courtesy of artist Amy Gross

East West Fleece by Karen Ciaramella

Posted on: Tuesday, October 27, 2009

'Centered' by Karen Ciaramella (wool, canvas)

'Play of Consciousness Installation' by Karen Ciaramella (Venice, Italy 2006)

So thrilled to meet fiber artist and sculptor Karen Ciaramella at the opening for Knitted, Knotted, Netted at The Hunterdon Museum of Art. Her intuitive use of combed fleece and wool roving is more than magical - it is transcendent. Karen studied fiber and textile art in the US and Italy as well as Eastern philosophy in India. Her hands-on process reflects this interesting fusion of 'give and take' when it comes to working with organic materials. The artist will soon be exhibiting in the upcoming exhibit, Uncommon Threads at Seton Hall University's Walsh Gallery. Visit Karen Ciaramella's website to view more stunning work.

'ShriTransmigration' by Karen Ciaramella (wool installation)

'ConnectionDisconnection' by Karen Ciaramella (Venice, Italy 2005)

Knitted Knotted Netted Opening

Posted on: Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hunterdon Art Museum exterior in October 2009

'Knitted, Knotted, Netted' curated by Hildreth York

Pat Hickman video, 'The Gates' (1991-1994)

Ann Coddington Rast's 'Longing' installation

Work by Pat Hickman (foreground) and Karen Ciaramella (background)

Work by Pat Hickman (foreground) and Ann Coddington Rast (background)

Karen Ciaramella's wool forms/installation

Karen Ciaramella's 'Divine Goddess'

Carol D. Westfall's 'This Crowded Planet' series

Carol D. Westfall's 'This Crowded Planet' (detail)

Abigail Doan 'Fiber Flotsam' series (foreground) and Leslie Pontz crochet wire sculpture (background)

Abigail Doan 'Fiber Flotsam' series (foreground) and Leslie Pontz crochet wire sculpture (background)

Ruth Marshall's 'Coral Snake Series'

A special thanks to Knitted, Knotted, Netted's curator Hildreth York for her vision and unique way of allowing artists to come together to weave a greater collective story.

Curator Hildreth York presenting in front of work by Norma Minkowitz

Ann Coddington Rast's Wovens

Posted on: Thursday, October 15, 2009

'Lobes' (2006), twined linen and 64-strand Japanese braid by Ann Coddington Rast

'44 Blackbirds (2007), excerpt, twined linen and gesso by Ann Coddington Rast

'Romeo and Juliet (2009), twined linen by Ann Coddington Rast

'Head Cage (2007), random woven willow and twined linen by Ann Coddington Rast

Another intriguing fiber artist featured in Knitted, Knotted, Netted.

Kazue Honma's Complex Zen Craft

Posted on: Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Intricate and silent expressions by Kazue Honma, an amazing artist featured in 'Knitted, Knotted, Netted' at The Hunterdon Museum of Art.

*above images courtesy of the artist

Carol Westfall's 'This Crowded Planet'

Posted on: Monday, October 12, 2009

This Crowded Planet by Carol D. Westfall

Throughout the week I will be featuring the work of fellow artists from the current exhibition, Knitted, Knotted, Netted. There will be an artist reception and informal discussion at The Hunterdon Museum of Art this Sunday, October 18 for anyone who is in the Clinton, New Jersey area. It's a lovely town and an amazing historic site, so please join us if you are out enjoying the autumn colors.

Carol D. Westfall

"The Crowded Planet series is composed of hundreds of tiny "men" - the stick figures we drew as children. If you take the top two arms and pull them together you create the kanji character for man - nin or jin or hito. I compress all these tiny "men" together and form the ball which is This Crowded Planet. There are probably 120 in the series now as I have been working on them for 13 years!" - Carol D. Westfall

'Knitted, Knotted, Netted' Opens This Weekend

Posted on: Saturday, October 10, 2009

I am thrilled to be exhibiting in 'Knitted, Knotted, Netted' opening this Sunday, October 11 at The Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, NJ. Please click the invite below for details on the exhibiting artists as well as the reception on October 18.

*postcard image and catalogue cover: Fiber Flotsam 2009 by Abigail Doan

The Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, NJ

Ceca's Green Jewelry from Summer 2009

Posted on: Saturday, September 26, 2009

The colorful autumn leaves will soon be swirling all around us, but I am still nostalgic for these fresh green jewelry experiments by Bulgarian artist friend, Ceca Georgieva. Stay tuned for a Winter 2010 project that Ceca and I will initiate at her studio hide-a-way at the base of Mount Vitosha outside of Sofia.

Cognition, Land & Landscape Salon

Posted on: Friday, September 04, 2009

Cognition, Land and Landscape
A salon-style dinner and conversation
with William L. Fox at THE LAND/gallery
Saturday, September 5, 6 to 9 pm

A rare opportunity to be a part of an intimate, salon-style conversation with William L. Fox, director of the Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art + Environment.

Local/organic cuisine prepared by culinary artist Jesse Hasko. $50 tax-deductible donation includes dinner and wine.

Deconstructed Heels by Sara Hubbs

Posted on: Thursday, July 16, 2009

I really find these deconstructed heels by artist Sara Hubbs to be truly stunning. Not simply recycled or upcycled but a whole new take on the materiality and inner bones of the accessories that we pave our fashion psyches with. Sara is originally from Phoenix, Arizona, and completed an MFA at The George Washington University prior to moving to New York. She is an artist in resident of Lumenhouse studios in Brooklyn, NY.

The artist states: The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground - Buddha

"My work investigates muted and unseen spaces, looking to dirt, use and accumulation as points of visual contact with the world. I am interested in utilizing discarded materials to create a collaged space of actions, memories, stories, and desire."

"In working with shoes, a language of repeated shapes and imagery creates an active archive of form, use, and meaning. The process of dismantling the shoes opens the subtle and uncertain remnants of narrative into something else and the work moves between personal and collective ways in which we define, and extract meaning."

*above images courtesy of artist Sara Hubbs

Fiber Form Independence

Posted on: Saturday, July 04, 2009

I could not think of a better example of the spirit of independence in fiber arts and line drawing than Brece Honeycutt's homespun interpretation of webs and Arachne diagramming.

Her woven and knitted Arachne series on view for one more week at Poplar is a mysterious spin on the site-specific mapping of the invisible realm and domestic free form activity.

Brece states, "During my 2008 Residency at Pocket Utopia (Brooklyn, NY), I spun carded wool—a process taking a mass of fiber and making it into a strand of yarn, a long line. From these yards and yards of homespun, I constructed rudimentary weavings and knitted sculptures - drawings out of wool - and installed them in the unique spaces of Pocket Utopia."

Brece's mixed media drawings are also currently on view in Cultural Corridor IV at the Storefront Artist Project in Pittsfield, Massachusetts until July 26, 2009.

Happy Independence Day!

* Brece Honeycutt's artist website
* above images of the Arachne series courtesy of the artist

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