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)