Monday, March 31, 2014

Snyderman Gallery 9th International Fiber Biennial - part 1

Early last week, back when the sun was strutting her stuff...when the air was warming...before the forecast called for rain, rain and more rain, I bought a train ticket to Philadelphia for Saturday. My intent was to visit Snyderman-Works Galleries to peruse their 9th International Fiber Biennial.

Two fiber biennials ago, I ventured to Philly midst much the same type of forecast and ended up soaked through from the hem of my raincoat down, umbrella turned inside out. Miserably wet and cold and just wanting to get home, Amtrak was stalled on the return trip for umpteen hours due to power outages in New York. Needless to say, fun is not an adjective to use for that journey. Remembering that trip, I debated, even after waking Saturday morning, whether or not to go. In the end, my curiosity won out.

As usual, my camera accompanied me. Not all pieces were photographable - too much glare from glass or lights or being too transparent...or photographer error. A click on 9th International Fiber Biennual above will take you to Snyderman's site where a full list of artists and pieces resides. 

Enjoy the photos!


gallery shot toward front door


Gold Rust, 2013
linen, horsehair, paint, metal
60" x 33"


Depth, 2013
indigo dyed horsehair coiled over black nylon core
24" x 4"

Energy, 2013
natural white horsehair coiled over black nylon core
26" x 3.5"

Motion, 2012
natural black horsehair coiled over nylon core
27" x 4"

 detail of Energy


Exuviate, 2013
twined linen and hand knotted netting
4' x 10" x 10"


Night Train, 2013
Jacquard woven and appliqued, cotton
27" x 36.5"


Beached, 2014
reed, driftwood, dyes
10" x 12" x 13"

 side view


The Round, 2007/8
coiled, waxed linen thread
21" x 16" x 13"


 Ferne Jacobs
Medusa's Collar, 2008
coiled, waxed linen thread
18" x 14" x 19"


Phoeniceus Has a Friend (Red Rabbit), 2013
found objects, mixed media
36" x 25" x 6"


Chakai, Tea Gathering, 2013
tea bags, silk, chopsticks, paper, cording, 
sumi brush, bamboo, paint, thread
48" x 16" x 1"


Tels, 2013
Ikat resist dyeing, handwoven cotton
80" x 75" x 10"


Twisted to Set 1, 2013
jasmine vine
16" x 16" x 3"


Where possible, I've linked to the artist's site. In not possible, a click on their name will take you to the Snyderman's artist page for that artist...with the exception of one...don't ask which one though because the name escapes me at the moment. Sorry!

Stay tuned for part 2. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

In the studio

In the studio today,

stitching and experimenting

with tea bags.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Searching for Roy G Biv 3 - Yellow - update 2

It's a quirk of the calendar, yet apropos that March's color in the search for Roy G Biv is yellow and that today is the first day of spring. What better way to celebrate spring than with the color that universally represents sunshine, happiness and warmth?

Stamford, CT parking garage

New York buildings

New York

New York gallery - forgot to get the name, but did say Hi!

call box on the Highline, New York

graffiti, New York 

on garage in Bethel, CT

towel in the house we rented for the Stitching Summit

mosaic at my girls' school - designed by art teacher, created by the kids

Desiring more sun and warmth, but Mother Nature isn't cooperating? Head on over to Julie's, Maya's and Fiona's. As usual, I'll be updating this post throughout the day when new yellows appear. Just leave a note to insure I don't miss you. Thanks! Happy Spring!!!


Yellow seems to be a popular color this morning. Stroll on over to see what treasures have been discovered by:

Jill at Recycled Daze


I love seeing all the yellows that everyone has found. More treats have been found by:

Mary Ann at Blue Sky Dreaming

If you know of others who have joined in the search, just let Julie or myself know and we'll be happy to link to them.


I somehow missed this one. So sorry!

Margaret at Charlton Stitcher


Next month's color is green on the 17th.
April 17 - green

May 15 - blue

June 19 - indigo

July 17 - violet

August 21 - pink

September 18 - black

October 16 - white

November 20 - brown

December 18 - blogger's choice

Friday, March 14, 2014

A little of this, a little of that

Two weeks ago today, I was ready to load the last bits in the car, pick up Kelly and begin the drive to Newark International Airport where we would meet Christine. From there, it was on to the house we'd rented for a few days. Lotta and Erin would arrive before us.

The Stitching Summit began with Christine, Kelly and I laughing so hard when we arrived that we needed to calm down before being able to do more than hug Erin and Lotta in greeting. And that's how the time went.

If you've not seen Christine's and Lotta's blog posts about the weekend, head on over now. Just click on their names in the previous sentence. 

A few of you inquired about this book, asking for the full title. It is Making Art A Practice by Cat Bennett. Christine gifted us this lovely book.

This photo of threads caught several readers' eyes as well. This is the Sajou large box of 72 colors of Calais cocoons and is available at Hank & Spool. You can imagine the oohs and aahs that resounded through the house when Christine opened this box. Fingers yearned to touch and retrieve a colorful cocoon to stitch with.

As the saying goes, it was the best of times. And we're trying to find a good spot for the next gathering. A house on the coast or by a lake, an artist retreat that host a private group - along those lines. Any suggestions?

When Christine emails about possible sites or has a proposal, she addresses the notes to her sisters in stitch.  The piece above was started...hmmm...I don't remember when, but it has been cozily folded away in a drawer, waiting its turn. I think that after a little more stitching, it will make a perfect cover for my Sisters in Stitch notebook, don't you?

Before it slips my you know what next Thursday is? Maybe this photo will help.

Of course, now that I look at the photo...well...maybe not. It is quite colorful, isn't it? Now that should be a hint....March 20 is the next installment in the search for Roy G Biv with the color yellow. After the lovely posts last month, I can't wait to see all the yellows everyone has gathered. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Stitching Summit 2014 - snow day

Winter storm Titan moved through the area yesterday and gave us the gift of an extra day. 

I wandered out early to see what the world looked like. And then the real snow arrived, 
but it was so nice inside that a second stroll didn't happen.

We did a bit of canning,




and mark making

interspersed with bouts of laughing so well that tissues were needed to wipe the tears away.

We gathered around the kitchen table most of the day, coming and going with ease as stories and ideas flowed. A recorder should have been set aside to capture it all to help insure that little slips through the cracks of daily life...for there were some excellent ideas bandied about.

Our time together ends today. The sounds of packing can be heard. Soon we'll start the drives and catch the flights that will take us home. It will take a while to digest the enormity of this weekend. 

Christine, Kelly, Lotta and Erin - Thank you for such an amazing gathering! I can't wait til July.
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