Sampling: Focusing on the Stitch
The Sampling department of our September/October 2008 issue features textiles focusing on the stitch. Although the artists work in a variety of styles, and their work focuses on a variety of themes, the prominence of stitching in all their work connects them. Here we show additional works by our featured artists.
Iviva Olenick received her Associate in Applied Science degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York) in 2006. She received a bachelor’s in psychology and French literature from Binghamton University, SUNY in 1997. To explore contemporary urban dating relationships through stories collected from friends and loved ones, Olenick has compiled a collection of small-scale narrative embroideries into a fabric book titled Were I So Besotted. Designed to be seen in a wall-mounted installation, the pages seek to “document, catalog, and better understand the pattern in how we mate, inter-relate, and search for companionship in this age of technological interconnectedness.”
LEFT: Firey, from Were I So Besotted, 2007; embroidered hair and thread on fabric; 9 3/4" x 5".
RIGHT: I Don’t Miss My Ex-Boyfriend, but I Do Miss Greenpoint, from Were I So Besotted, 2008; embroidery on fabric; 8 1/2" x 6".
Linda Moore received her MA in historic costume and textiles in 2003 from Colorado State University (Fort Collins). She received her bachelor’s in cultural anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985. In her Roadside Tarot Series, Moore illustrates the twenty-two major arcana cards (the portion of a tarot deck that traces a person’s life) as napkins emblazoned with roadside attractions. Starting in the west and ending in the east, Moore uses icons from childhood family car trips around America to create a symbolic journey through life and the United States. The nature of each card is conveyed through carefully chosen source images and fabrics.
LEFT: Tarot Card #4 Emperor, Klamath, Calif., 2002; cotton embroidery floss on cotton fabric; 5" x 5". Photo: Joe Coca.
CENTER: Tarot Card #0 Fool, Lincoln City, Ore., 2001; cotton embroidery floss on cotton fabric; 5" x 5". Photo: Joe Coca.
RIGHT: Tarot Card #6 Lovers, Reno, Nev., 2003; cotton embroidery floss on cotton fabric; 5" x 5". Photo: Joe Coca.
Ellen Moon received her MA in drawing in 1976 and a MFA in multimedia in 1977 from the University of Iowa (Iowa City). She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in art from Connecticut College (New London). Moon uses her stitches to tell stories about the natural world and to illustrate myths and legends. She challenges herself to translate the textures and colors of a dramatic moment in nature into an image made of fiber. Moon also translates nature into intricate small-scale wall pieces, images of which can be seen in our September/October 2008 issue.
LEFT: Lace Wings Jacket, 2006; cotton embroidery. Image courtesy of Mobilia Gallery.
RIGHT: Leopard Frog, 2006; cotton embroidery. Image courtesy of Mobilia Gallery.
Bette Levy received her MFA in fiber art from the University of Louisville (Kentucky) in 1998. She received a master’s degree in art therapy in 1975 from the Institute of Expressive Therapies at Louisville. Her bachelor’s degree is in experimental psychology. Levy’s use of vividly colored silk threads on black silk noil backgrounds intensifies the thread colors and creates strong figure/ground relationships. Her abstract imagery is often based on her photographic studies and includes her own language of stitches.
ABOVE: Abiquiu, New Mexico III: Portrait in Red, 2007; silk thread on silk noil; hand-embroidered; 12" x 10". Photos: Geoff Carr.
ABOVE: Sidewalks, 2007; silk thread on silk noil; hand-embroidered; 7" x 5 1/2" (each). Photos: Geoff Carr.
Rebecca Conviser received a Doctor of Letters in writing, community relations, and political science in 2006 from Drew University (Madison, New Jersey). She earned her MFA from Tulsa University (Oklahoma) in printmaking, life drawing, and art history. Her bachelor of fine arts degree is from the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Conviser enjoys the challenge of expressing space and movement within the craft of needlepoint. She blends colors to create tints and shades to achieve her goal. Most of her compositions are spontaneous. She occasionally draws shapes (but never details) on the canvas before she begins to stitch but often deviates from her initial design.
TOP: The Bridge, 2005; wool; needlepoint; 11" x 24". Photo: Camera One, Morristown, New Jersey.
BOTTOM, LEFT: Autumn Leaves, 2005; wool; needlepoint; 41" x 24". Photo: Camera One, Morristown, New Jersey.
BOTTOM, RIGHT: Let Your Heart Soar, 2007; wool needlepoint valentine. Photo: Camera One, Morristown, New Jersey.
Caroline Dahl received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Kentucky (Lexington) in 1972. She began her fiber-art career thirty years ago by making full- size quilts but has subsequently focused on smaller projects in favor of portability and more detailed stories. As a professional piano player who travels extensively for work and pleasure, her art is strongly influenced by both music and adventure. Mexican imagery and references to Mexican culture often appear in her recent embroideries because she lives part-time in Mexico.
ABOVE: Shopping Mall Day of the Dead (with detail), 2006; cotton floss, metallic braid, cotton muslin; embroidered, appliquéd; 19 3/4" x 16". Photo: William Matthias.
ABOVE: Mexican Vacation Travel Patches (with detail), 2006; cotton floss, metallic braid, cotton muslin; embroidered, appliquéd; 22" x 19 3/4". Photo: William Matthias.
ABOVE: Devil Digit Finishing School, 2007; cotton floss, metallic braid, cotton muslin; embroidered, appliquéd; 16" x 20 1/2". Photo: William Matthias.