Archive: Jul 2012

Order and Disorder: Alighiero Boetti by Afghan Women closes this weekend & Randi Malkin Steinberger – Pt. 2

You have a rare opportunity. The exhibition, Order and Disorder: Alighiero Boetti by Afghan Women closes this weekend at the Fowler Museum of Art at UCLA. Coinciding with the recent opening of the Boetti retrospective at MoMA, the Fowler show…

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New flowery pattern + a discount

A quick post to let you know that the Nature’s Jewels pattern is now available in the Polka & Bloom shop!And to celebrate that I sent off all the projects for my book last Monday, there’s 16% off everything in the shop until (and including) Monday,…

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40 under 40: Craft Futures – opens this week at Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

La Llorona 2005, hand embroidery on cotton 17″ x 25″

After over a year of preparation and anticipation, 40 under 40 : Craft Futures opens to the public this week. I will be in attendance in Washington, DC, along with many of the artists included. The public is encouraged to take this opportunity to meet the artists and discuss their art. Needless to say, I am beyond thrilled to have my work included among so many artists I admire, and become a part of the museum’s permanent collection. I have made a gift of my piece La Llorona to the museum in honor of my mother and father.

The exhibition will tour nationally after its close in DC.

 Friday, July 20, 2012 – February 3, 2013

12 – 2:30 at the Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

40 under 40: Craft Futures is is presented in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery. The exhibition investigates evolving notions of craft within traditional media. The range of disciplines represented illustrates new avenues for the handmade in contemporary culture. The artists included in the exhibition originate from every region of the United States and five countries.

The exhibition will tour nationally after it closes in Washington, D.C. A catalogue will be available at the public opening.  
The museum intends to acquire works by every artist in the exhibition for the permanent collection to mark the anniversary.

Selected Artists:
Vivian Beer, b. 1977
Melanie Bilenker, b. 1978
Jeffrey Clancy, b. 1976
Dave Cole, b. 1975
Cristina Córdova , b. 1976
Gabriel Craig, b. 1983
Jennifer Crupi, b. 1973
Erik Demaine, b. 1981
Joshua DeMonte, b. 1984
Brian Dettmer, b. 1974
Nick Dong, b. 1973
Joseph Foster Ellis, b. 1984
Jeff Garner, b. 1978
Theaster Gates, b. 1975
Sabrina Gschwandtner, b. 1977
Jenny Hart, b. 1972
Sergey Jivetin, b. 1977
Lauren Kalman, b. 1980
Lara Knutson, b. 1974
Stephanie Liner, b. 1978
Marc Maiorana, b. 1978
Sebastian Martorana, b. 1981
Christy Matson, b. 1979
Cat Mazza, b. 1977
Daniel Michalik, b. 1972
Matt Moulthrop, b. 1977
Christy Oates, b. 1980
Olek, b. 1978
Andy Paiko, b. 1977
Mia Pearlman, b. 1974
Lacey Jane Roberts, b. 1980
Laurel Roth, b. 1973
Shawn Smith, b. 1972
Jen Stark, b. 1983
Matthew Szösz, b. 1974
Uhuru (Jason Horvath, b. 1978 and William Hilgendorf, b. 1979)
Jamin Uticone, b. 1975
Anna Von Mertens, b. 1973
Stacey Lee Webber, b. 1982
Bohyun Yoon, b. 1976

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Home Is Where the Needle Marks

“The Gentle Arts” (detail) – collab by Ellen Schinderman & Erin Daniels EndicottI have been totally remiss in not blogging about this show -which closes tomorrow. I just managed to get myself down to Pop Tart Gallery today, and the above was one of…

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I need your help! :-)

As you may know, I’m working on a book – to be published some time next year – and for one section of it, I’d love your thoughts. What would you like to know about embroidery basics? Or maybe you wish someone had told you when you were new to embroider…

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What I’ve figured out at the grand old age of 32

Hello lovers,

How are we all? Where has time gone?  Can you believe it we are over halfway through the year now!  I do believe time goes quicker the longer I spend on this ole’ planet.  On the subject of age I hit 32 a couple of weeks ago.  Not a landmark age I know but I can remember it seemed a long way a way at 16 and certainly a lot more mature than I ever thought I could be.

Well the news is 32 is cool and to be honest I feel as silly as I did at 16 but with a better sense of style – no seafood print culottes here!

Here’s ten things I’ve garnered on my journey into the 33rd year of my days:

  1. The higher the hair the closer to heaven – I measured my hair today and it’s grown 4 inches since I made my decision to make the beehive my style goal.
  2. No matter how old you are you can always meet fabulous people who get you – this one is for all the makers I’ve met online and in person in the last year and who inspire me daily.
  3. Time does heal a heartbreak – but the addition of great friends, cake, midnight making, Kraut rock and Dolly Parton will make the whole sorry situation sweeter.
  4. Being yourself is the essence of style – in my case that might mean rocking a purple lace playsuit one day and a skirt with sunshines appliqued on the bum another.
  5. You’re never too old to learn something new –  My latest learning curve being knitting.  It’s early days but  it’s already got my attention even if I haven’t got the tension cracked.
  6. It’s alright to not have a plan –  My life has taken a bit of scenic route over the last few years but I can say I’m genuinely enjoying the journey and it’s helped me work out the destination I’d like to head, which is behind a mic at BBC6 music if anyone there is reading this 😉  My hero Jarvis Cocker is behind on me this one, “I don’t like careerists. I like people who mess up.”
  7. In helping someone else you’re helping yourself – recently I bombed down to Devon to assist my cousin Rowena’s daughter with a wedding dress for her school project. She got the dress of her dreams and I got some great experience of fitting someone other than myself, which I can put to good use when I fit my fellow bridesmaids. 
  8. Just because someone knows more doesn’t always mean they know better – When I was at school I sewed my project to my skirt in sewing class.  My miserable old teacher told me I’d never be a homemaker and put me off stitching for nearly 16 years.  If only she could see me now *smiles down at handmade frock and pokes tongue out*.
  9. Never underestimate the importance of sellotape – I’ve emergency hemmed with it before I went to see Pulp at Royal Albert Hall and stuck rogue bra straps out the way countless times.
  10. The bottom line for a drinkable wine is £3.99 – you go any lower and it’s only good for mulled wine making or window cleaning.
There you have it dears that’s my pontifications for now.  Please feel free to let me know any of your own gems 🙂
So as not to make this post completely text heavy and despite the fact I’m without camera at the moment I’ve had a crack at animation.  Below is my latest make the Ripe Ones Are More Juicy dress.  It’s made from fabric I took a chance on last time me and the merry band of seamstresses hit Walthamstow.  The pattern is Simplicity 1880 and is the dress that dear Kate Middleton wore to meet a whole heap of soldiers last year.  It’s the subject of a sewalong by the fantastic Fashionable Stitch and I highly recommend it.
Her version was a very pretty shade of yellow where is mine a lurid shade of orange that matches Warburton Toastie loaf and Fanta but no matter I love her 🙂

orange dress

Miss D has left the building.

I leave you with a pearl from a fellow Gemini who I adore.

“If I’d observed all the rules I’d never have got anywhere.” 

                                                                                                                      Marilyn Monroe

Love Miss D


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