Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The art of documentation

With a little help from some friends, I got my sculptures speaking. Here is a newly edited expose of little voices. Thanks to IMC Lab & Gallery and James and Carrie Tunick for tech support and sound programming and to Colby Cannonwill, Colleen Flanigan, Isabelle Garbani, Katya Usvitsky, Dionisio Cortes Ortega, Daniella Engen and Ian Trask (and their dogs), Jacob Rath and strangers who inspired the sculptures, provided sound and generally helped with project development and documentation.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Embroidering to Scale

In the works right now is a project I'm really excited about! 

I'm embroidering tweets from my @EmbroideryPoems handle onto an outline of my body on fabric. This will eventually become my first, full-scale, life-sized sculpture. 

Rather than completely cover my "twin's" body with my own tweets (which, as we know, can get kinda personal), I will carry my twin with me as I navigate the NYC art scene and more intimate social gatherings. Interactions with the sculpture will appear on the sculpture in embroidered form. 

I'm hoping for lots of usies (selfies with you+me+sculpture) on Instagram and Facebook, and resulting online commentary, which I will also embroider on the sculpture. 

The feedback loop of in-person interaction to online communication will come full circle. The two will fuse. My sculpture "twin" will physically embody my/her online life.

My latest interface for interactive performance art, crafting and storytelling!





Thursday, October 2, 2014

Successful Open Studios + sneak peak of interactive sound!

Last Thursday's open studios at IMC Lab and Gallery was a success! Visitors shared in our excitement over the launch of new projects at the intersection of handmade and digital realms. And there's more - stay tuned for details as each of us rolls out solo shows of our new works later this fall and early in 2015. Colleen Flanigan is up first with a show opening in November; I will debut new works in January-February 2015. 

In the meantime, here is a sneak peak of how James Tunick took sound files of my interviews with friends and acquaintances (and dogs!), and turned them into an interactive piece relating to my sculptures.



Friday, September 19, 2014

Open Studios, 9/25/14

It's Rosh Hashanah, or Jewish New Year next week. This happens to coincide with:

1) a break from public school for those of us in the teaching trenches, and 
2) Open Studios at IMC Lab and Gallery. 

Stop by and see a debut of my new series of fabric sculptures in progress, "Native/ Immigrant City."

Open Studios @IMC Lab and Gallery
56 West 22nd Street near 6th Avenue, NYC
F to 23rd Street; N/R to 23rd Street
Thursday, 9/25, 3-8pm

Also featuring performance, sculpture, installation, digital simulation, handcraft and interactive digital environment(s) by Colleen Flanigan, Dan Baker, Tal and Omer Golan and Iviva Olenick



























Thursday, September 4, 2014

Embroidery 3D Workshop at 61 Local - join me Monday, 9/15, 10:30-1:30

I am teaching a special brunch time 3D embroidery class on Monday, September 15 from 10:30am - 1:30pm. Join us in the 61 Local mezzanine, 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn. Among in-class exercises, we will make mini doll houses, like the ones below.

To purchase a spot in the class, $35 for 3 hours of instruction with supplies provided, use the button below:

Eventbrite - Embroidery 3D Workshop

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shoestring Press

I discovered a lovely new space for art making, taking workshops and meeting Brooklynites: Shoestring Press in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a collective operated by Lane Sell and colleagues.

Ever excited by the idea of collaborating, Lane and I are cooking up a combined screen printing/ soft sculpture workshop in mid September - stay tuned for details! And Lane, interested in embroidery's graphic capabilities, is planning to experiment with collagraph printing using an embroidery as the source image. With printmaking, one must reverse the direction of the source image so that it reads properly, so note that the below embroideries (at least the front side) have been reversed left-right!


Shoestring back and front reversed direction.



Sunday, August 3, 2014

Livre d'Artiste d'Aujourd'hui: Artist Talk at Center for Book Arts, Wednesday 8/6/14, 6:30pm

Dear friends and readers,

Wow - the summer is flying by! Does that mean I'm having so much fun I cannot remember what day it is? Or that I've made so many embroidery stitches my hands and sense of time are wrapped in thread?

Regardless, I plan to come up for air this Wednesday evening at my Center for Book Arts Artist Talk. Ximena Perez-Grobet, BĂ©atrice Coron and I will discuss our works individually, followed by audience Q and A and group discussion. 

Wine and cheese reception to start.

The Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
Wednesday, August 6, 6:30-8:30

Join us!