The Scotch Draper Gathering Pocket by artist, Erin Endicott Sheldon. Limited Edition 1 of 3
(backing fabric is hand woven scottish tweed by Christine Mauersberger)
Modeled after 18th c. women's pockets.
The front is Erins' own hand embroidery on raw Irish Linen from a small mill with limited production. It is lined with a charcoal grey cotton flannel. The binding and straps are antique linen mangle cloth and the back is completed with hand woven scottish wool tweed. The tweed was woven by me in 1986 at the Marshfield School of Weaving under the instruction of Norman Kennedy. I initially attended the school in 1978. This is a true collaboration.
Can be worn traditionally around your waist, or as a cross body bag.
Can be worn while taking your mindful walk and gathering stones, sea shells, and whatnot. Can be worn as a side purse for your cell phone and other essentials.
Your hand fits nicely into the side pocket. It feels soft and cozy. Certainly its contents will be protected in the charcoal gray cotton flannel interior...
The pocket will be available for sale on Hank and Spool later this weekend. But you may email or call me if you'd like to buy this bespoke pocket before Sunday, November, 24, 2013. It will be offered for $200.00. Erin gets 80%/20% goes to me.
Yay! The pocket sold on 11/23/13!
18th Century Gathering Pocket
These pockets were worn under the skirt. They could hold many small items and would not get lost. They were accessed through slits in skirts. Pockets where almost always decorated to show off their skill. See here.
A bit of background
Hank and Spool is my online shop and it is doing well. I am working on trying to have a balance between making my own artwork and selling fine sewing goods. It is my goal to bring reliable and desirable products to your door.
While I strike that balance, I can state with confidence that what I do know is that I am good at curating art. I was offered the position of head curator at University Hospitals in Cleveland in early 2012 and declined the position to pursue my own art more fully. I enjoyed my tenure there under Trudy Wiesenberger and was able to purchase art from many national and international artists including fiber artists, Lisa Call and Katherine Allen to name just a few.
The call to curate is part of my art skill. I am not an artist without being a curator. I have a particular point of view and aesthetic.
Therefore it should be no surprise that I have asked Erin Endicott Sheldon to make a special commission for Hank & Spool.
Erin and I began our relationship in 2010 when she won Best in Show in FiberArt International for her Healing Sutra Piece. I when to see the show with my friend and fellow artist, Christy Gray I was drawn to her work and wrote to her as soon as I returned to Cleveland.
In late 2011 Erin asked me to be in a show that she & Bruce Hoffman curated as part of Fiber Philadelphia called Intimate Stitches.
Last month Erin and I and I had a long conversation and realized that we had much in common. I asked her whether she would like to make something special for my store.
Erin called me one day and said that she wanted to make a gathering pocket "for all those little things we pick up" She said that she was always finding small stones and whatnot in her own pockets.
I think the Scotch Draper Gathering Pocket is brilliant.
Who is going to own number 1 of 3?
(that is if I can release from my hands)