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My solo show of botanical prints opens tomorrow at Still Point Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio.
If you're nearby, I'd love to see you in the afternoon from 2 - 6. The gallery is located in the old school house on Murray Hill in Little Italy.
We've placed a few wooden boxes in the gallery to hold my unframed pieces.
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.
Catalpa leave on wool/silk.
Eco printing with leaves from some of the plants in my yard, dyed in a bath with Cleveland black walnuts that I saved and have had in my freezer since last fall. Plus domestic eucalyptus that I purchased at Trader Joe's. To be sure, I do like to use as many plants from my own neck of the woods as possible, but sometimes, the floral dept. at TJ's pulls me in to it's discounted floral prices and succumb to spending $2.99 USD for a bunch of lovely leaves.
ANSWER TO A QUERY
I received an email this week from a woman named Jayne W. regarding whether I'd be hosting any natural dyeing/eco printing workshops in the future. For a brief 2 seconds I thought about creating a workshop and inviting India Flint back to Cleveland and/or a few other artist-friends who I know can teach a dye class. Then I thought, hold on...I'm making art right now, therefore the answer is no.
I sent a reply to her but it bounced back to me.
This is a response to Jayne and anyone else interested in a such a workshop.
Jayne, I wish I could set up a session, knowing me, I'd jump right into it (again).Currently my head is set on creating a solid body of work. I don't have plans to create an event at this time. Thank you for visiting my blog and for writing.
And thank you for visiting my site everyone. This is my favorite time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning FALL. I hope you're loving life and making something good today!