Art+Design

If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It’s a conflict between what’s practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question. 

Visit, explore and submit – to the burning house project. A few recent faves:

Yongki Hermawan
Janet West (pictured)
David Torell

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Today I am very excited to be a stop on Abby Glassenberg’s blog tour for her new book – The Artful Bird: Feathered Friends to Make and Sew [published by Interweave 2010].

I have long been a fan of Abby Glassenberg’s work, she makes the most amazing toys and soft sculptures from fabric. This amazing book she has written is incredibly thorough and breaks down the process of making fabric birds in a really accessible way. But today I thought I would showcase some of her amazing work – its not all featured in her latest book – but will give you some inspiration for your own work. I love her use of innovative materials – she uses a lot of recycled materials in her work, and has an amazing sense of colour and texture. In her book she does go into some detail on how to create different textures on the wings through the use of different fabrics as well as sewing techniques.

Patchworked owl

Crested bird – is made with clothing tags

Another amazing thing about Abby’s animals is her eyes – have you noticed their incredible eye details – in her book she goes to some lengths to showcase several eye designs

Hen and egg

Owl

Orange and blue bird

Abby is also really into texture – she is a master of manipulating fabric to create amazing wings and feather textures.

Rooster – feathers made with torn strips of fabric

Parrot – made with stuffed feathers and gorgeous bright colours

Follow on the blog tour

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Olek, a New York based artist, crocheted a sweater on Christmas Eve for Arturo Di Modica’s charging bull sculpture located in Bowling Green park in Lower Manhattan. Read more about it here.

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“Greetings from Mochimochi,” Anna Hrachovec from mochimochiland is having a solo show at gallery hanahou in NYC. You might have read about it here when Anna did a guest post all about her process. The show is now in its last week. There will be another little party and trunk show to wrap it all up October 30 (Mochimochi tea party + trunk show! Saturday, October 30, 2-4 pm gallery hanahou 611 Broadway, Suite 730 NYC RSVP: info@galleryhanahou.com). You can purchase some of the pieces here.

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Any way you slice it: Quilts and other works by Denyse Schmidt
October 21 – December 3

At the University of Bridgeport’s Arnold Bernhard Center Gallery

Quilts pictured here in order all by Denyse Schmidt: Works Special Edition, tangerine poppy; Outlaws, Denver Series; Hope as the Anchor of the Soul, Mount Lebanon Series, Quilt #3.

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