Art Supplies: Needle + Thread

I had two ideas to tell you about today: handmade ties and garter stitch knitting. My camera phone apparently had different ideas, and asserted its disagreement by refusing to send the pictures I took for both of those posts to my computer. C’est la vie–perhaps my constantly malfunctioning phone was actually trying to give me some advice this time, because I think I found something better to share: textile art by modern quilt and fog and swell. I discovered both of these shops while browsing poppytalkhandmade, a fantastic collective of crafters and artisans producing anything from prints to ceramics to jewelry–think of it as someone finding the best of Etsy and passing it on to you.

Vancouver based fog and swell offers “soft sculptures” and wall hangings inspired by the beauty of the Pacific coast, providing whimsical and rustic illustrations of objects and moments dwelling in western beaches and woods.

1. Grizzly Bear Hand Stitched Soft Sculpture
2. Green Sea Urchin Shell
3. Minke Whale No. 3
4. Original Textile Art Hanging “Wide Open”

As much as fog and swell’s sculptures may capture my imagination, I am especially drawn to Nebraska quilt designer Heather Bennett‘s modern quilts. The hand-dyed fabrics, eye-catching color palettes, and charming miniature size of these “art quilts” perfectly fits into my own aesthetic–if I had the knowledge, patience, and talent to make one-of-a-kind quilts, they would look like these.

1. Small Art Quilts from the TINY series
2. Small Art Quilt TINY No. 18
3. Small Art Quilt COLOR STORY No. 9

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4 Responses to “Art Supplies: Needle + Thread”
  1. Betsy Wills says:

    I think you would like the work of Debbie Smyth if you don’t already know about it! Wonderful blog you have…love the little soft sculptures…

    http://artstormer.com/2011/11/03/threads-text-work-by-debbie-smyth/

    Betsy

    • Kate says:

      Thanks Betsy! Those Debbie Smyth pieces are pretty cool by the way–I’d love to see them in person, since I imagine it’s difficult to make a photo show exactly how amazing artwork made from THREAD is. I especially love the world map

  2. heather b says:

    Kate,
    Thanks for mentioning my quilts! They are really quite fun and easy to do. Give it a try sometime!
    Heather

    • Kate says:

      Nice to know that it’s not rocket science–dyes always seem intimidating to me, although I’ve done batik before with no real problems. Too bad it’s winter and too cold/moist for outdoor projects now!

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