Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Devotion To Thread

Woodland Pattern with the support of the Milwaukee Arts Board presents........
Devotion To Thread
May 17- June 14, 2008
Reception May 31st, 5-9pm
Visiting artist Garth Johnson will give his "Extreme Craft" talk at 7pmIt's funny Drew should mention Diem Chau– I'll be in a show with her and a bunch of other awesome stitchers come May! It's curated by Faythe Levine who is currently finishing up a crafting documentary called Handmade Nation. (She's is also a fellow musical saw player!)
Check out her sites!
indiecraftdocumentary.blogspot.com
devotiontothread.blogspot.com
If you're in Milwaukee next month definitely check out the show. It should be pretty fantastic!

+++More info below:

Woodland Pattern
720 E. Locust Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
414. 263. 5001


Featuring work by 15 national artists:
Chris Niver, Diem Chau, Emily Eibel, Jenny Hart, Kate Bingman-Burt, Kristin Loffer Theiss, Lisa Solomon, Merrliee Challis, Orly Cogan, Pippi Zornoza, Rebecca Schoenecker, Shannon Rankin, Steve Macdonald, Xander Marro, Melissa Woods

Highlights:
  • Limited edition hand-assembled catalog, free to visitors
  • Reception & visiting artist talk on May 31st at 7pm with Garth Johnson of www.extremecraft.com
  • Decal-O-Mania! Workshop with Garth Johnson, Sunday May 31 (contact Woodland Pattern for more information)
Curator's statement:
When I received my February/March American Craft Magazine there was a statement in reference to fiber artist Lenore Tawney talking about her "Devotion To Thread". It struck me as the perfect title for the upcoming show I was putting together for Woodland Pattern that would focus on artists working with components of "handcraft". I am pleased to bring together 15 artists from Milwaukee to New York, Alabama to California, that all work in a variety of mediums and methods, with the common "thread" of thread in their work.
My hope for this show is that the viewer will not only walks away with a new appreciation of using hand and machine embroidery, sewing, needlework, and handcraft within art, but will also feel inspired to go home and create. I am honored to be working with such a creatively diverse group of artists that are at varying degrees within their artistic careers willing to come together and celebrate their devotion to what ties them together, thread.

2 comments:

ILANA KOHN said...

crazy coincidence! anything new for the show?

Andrew DeGraff said...

that is a crazy coinkydink. I was totally thinking of Emily when I saw this, little did I know she, of course, had already seen it. Or that she played the musical saw.