Erin and I are friends. We are sisters in stitch and wish we didn't have 488 miles between us. Fortunately, we have technology.
Like many of you with good artist-friends, we share ideas and images of work in progress. In Erin, I have found someone who intuitively understands what my gut is telling me (about my art) and I for her. This exchange happened organically and I don't question it's strength and rarity.
Erin has a new series of hand-stitched works inspired by a small book entitled, "The Garden of the Soul: A Manual of Spiritual Exercises and Instructions". The book is the last remaining possession of her great, great grandmother, Elizabeth Kelly, given to her before she departed Ireland for America in 1875.
And they are available for purchase.
Erin's graphite drawings of flowers have been digitally printed on walnut ink-stained cotton and then lovingly hand-stitched in the manner we have seen in her Healing Sutra's series.
An image from that series is on the right.
Click here to jump over to Erin's website to see these gentle works of art and buy one or more as a collection for yourself. Whether or not you have Irish ancestors, I hope these pieces will speak to you as they do me.
A bit more about our story.
I wrote to Erin Daniels aka erinedicottart.com in 2009 after having seen her award-winning work in FiberArt International. In 2012 she she and Bruce Hoffman co-curated a show for Fiber Philadelphia and included some of my stitched work. We became closer friends last year when we began to correspond with one another about our work. She joined Jennifer Coyne Qudeen, Lotta Helleberg, Kelly McKaig, and me for a 3-day long stitching summit where we spent our time eco printing and stitching in a 200 year old farmhouse in southern New Jersey.
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Thank you for visiting, dear sisters and brothers in stitch.