Friday, June 25, 2010

From the Tongue Exhibit - 34 North Moore, NYC

by Joetta Maue

So, I was at the From the Tongue opening last night. I was super-excited to find that I could fit a viewing of Toy Story 3 into the 2 hour block of time to kill before 8 PM. (By the way, I loved it - and I cried, but knowing me, that's no surprise). Anyway, I trotted over to 34 North Moore, which is in Tribeca - a nice quiet part of lower Manhattan. The space was gorgeous and bright (it's a hair salon) and I tried to imagine what it would be like to get my hair done while looking at all this embroidered art around me.

That gorgeous piece above is by Joetta Maue - and it is immense. I'd have had to stand by it and wave to give a sense of the scale, but if you click to the large version, you'll see it's made of hundreds of individual embroidered fragments, pieced together and pinned to the wall.

Here's a few details, from the "t" region:

I was excited to see my favorite piece from Bridget (beefranck):

And there were 4 fabulous spam hoops from MrXStitch, here was one:

Really loved this densely stitched piece with hidden letters you have to squint to see:

I also got a big kick out of this one:

Close-up of one of the embroidered roaches, which were glittery and really quite beautiful:

I was in awe of this immense cross-stitched piece by Bren Ahearn:

It was so large I couldn't really get in a great spot to photograph it and preserve a sense of scale. The stitches were huge, and I can only imagine the amount of time it might have taken to complete.

A few of the pieces from far away:

And a shot of the neighborhood, for good measure:

I really amused myself with the sudden attack of shyness I had when entering. I basically skulked around quietly, snapping photographs. I really must arrange ahead of time to meet people there, because I was bit overwhelmed by the crowd (really good turnout!) and was in and out in record time.

If you're in NYC, I definitely recommend it!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Mermaid Parade


I was super-excited to go to the Mermaid Parade this year. I hadn't been since my second year in NY - it seems so long ago - and it was - 5 years! If you've never been, it's always wild and bizarre.


Sort of like the Halloween Parade, but it's generally Mermaid themed and bare breast-friendly. Which means it generally draws lots of happy old guys with zoom lenses.

I just love seeing the costumes, the glitter, the fake eyelashes.

It's sort of like a really fun drag show.


I didn't get to see Lou Reed, but I heard he was a rarity. But hey, some people saw him.

What's up with you guys? I know I've been AWOL for awhile - but sheesh it's been crazy around here. More on that soon... :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sign for my Tia

Last week at home I did next to nothing (exactly what I'd planned). I love the sleepy feeling of lazing around in the air conditioning, taking walks in the heat, taking long showers, eating cold things.

One of the very few things I did was make this little sign for my Tia, who wasn't feeling well.

I'd purchased a big stack of felt from Hobby Lobby, and had on hand 5 threads I brought with me.

"You travel with your supplies?" my brother noted, with much amusement. Why yes, I do. I pulled out a big sketch book and proceeded to make a huge mess of little cuttings and loose threads. I love the process of making things - that I can make a simple plan, then a huge mess, then create very quietly. I sewed and hummed while the AC cranked away and I forced everyone to listen to Eydie Gorme.

I used all 6 strands for the main embroidery, so it would stand out:

I used 2 strands to embroider around the edges of the individual letters, as they were small:

Sewed different colors to the backs of all the letters, and hung them with bright reddish-pink embroidery floss:

I put hearts on the back of Tia (since she's Tia to me, but just Berta to my mom, her sister). It says (in Spanish, of course): Te queremos mucho Tia Berta, or We love you very much Aunt Berta. I found some beautiful bright flowers at the local Wal-Mart and we took her the sign, the flowers, and a box of paletas from our favorite paleteria. It was a sweet end to a lazy week.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Renegade Craft Fair 2010

at the chez-sucre-chez booth

So, the day after I returned from Texas, I was super-excited to check out all the wares at Renegade in Brooklyn. Unlike a couple of previous years, it wasn't in that unbearable eyesore of a so-called-pool, but in the shaded, lovely McCarren Park.

However, it being New York city we had some wild weather - the sky couldn't quite decide whether to drop a tornado on us or not, and all the vendors had to combat gale-force winds that sent their items flying every 10 seconds or so.

Not the case at the chez-sucre-chez booth, where I was impressed both with the beauty of Kimberly's work and the fact that everything was so firmly attached:
seen and loved in the chez-sucre-chez booth

I'd seen her work on Flickr and her blog, so I was excited to meet her. She was really kind and friendly and I was so glad I dropped by. I bought an adorable cross-stitch kit called Owl Love You Always and you know I'm going to show it to you soon. :)

also loved at chez-sucre-chez

This little gathering of works called out to me the most. The quote puts into words exactly what I feel about love. Oh how I love maudlin song quotes. Also, the "Keep Calm and Carry On" one - yeah, I know we see those everywhere now. But I'll forever associate it with the first time I saw that poster - just after my dad died last year. For some reason the hardest times for me were walking home alone after work. One day I was having a super-hard time and I turned and saw that poster, and believe it or not, felt calm. Oh, and I love squirrels. So this lovely assortment totally sold me on all of Kimberly's work. :)

Mimi Kirchner at Renegade

I finally got to meet Mimi Kirchner, whose work I've kept up with ever since I started blogging. I'm sure you know who she is, but if not, she makes the most amazing hand-embroidered felt dolls. They are so exquisite, especially in person. I also adore her tattooed men. And she is a wonderfully warm person - I'm glad I shyly ventured up to her. She told me keeps up with my blog and I almost passed out. Truly a pleasure to meet you, Mimi! :)

I admired some gorgeous block prints from Tugboat Prints:

I'll have to look up the name of the printmaker, and update this post with it.

And, as a total indulgence to my mean side, I purchased these mini wooden "signs":

I had to hold myself back from purchasing "You're dead to me" because there's someone I'd actually mail that to! So, to keep myself out of trouble, I bought these, which were slightly less mean, and which I'll have on hand to amuse myself with. :) They come with tiny envelopes, so I thought how terribly mean it might be to slip one in an unbearable person's pocket. But what am I saying, one of these would doubtless end up in my pocket! :) I can't remember who I bought these from, but I do remember he had a fabulous moustache - if anyone recognizes them, let me know!

awesome by Matt Schoch

And of course I had to stop by Veronica and Matt's booth, and meet the lovely Veronica. Can you believe Matt sold 30 embroideries the day before? Well, at least he took photos of them first!

So, that's that - as usual, I wish I had taken more photos, but it was wonderful meeting 3 talented embroiderers in one day. Did any of you go to Renegade this year? I wish I'd had more time and we could have had a meet-up! Or, did you catch Renegade in Austin or Chicago this year?