Boston based sculptor Jenine Shereos often uses fiber and textile processes to create her intricate artworks. Her latest series uses a more unusual material – her own hair. “Leaf Series” portrays the patterned lace-like skeletons of dead leaves with excruciating detail. Shereos discusses her inspiration and process at her website: “Inspired by the delicate and detailed venation of a leaf, I began stitching individual strands of hair by hand into a water- soluble backing material. At each point where one strand of hair intersected another, I stitched a tiny knot, so that when the backing was dissolved, the entire piece was able to hold its form. Creating this work was a very meditative process for me, as I found myself lost in the detail of the small, organic microcosms that began taking shape.”
Feminist Fiber Art show is a wonderful new show celebrating all things textile and the incredible ladies making artwork, it opened at the Washington St. Art Centre, in Boston on August 14th, and will travel to different locations next year.
You can also find volumes 1 & 2 of their zine for sale over here. With all proceeds going on to support the travelling exhibition, the second volume of the zine also features the work of some male fiber artists—with digital copies of both zines viewable on the Feminist Fiber Art blog.
It’s finally done!! After a year and a half of working on this monster of a project, it’s finally complete. Behold, my first ever crochet afghan.
When I first took on this project, I wanted to use up some of the yarn I’ve had sitting around, so it was a scrap project. I only expected it to take a couple months at most. It was supposed to be ready for when the boyfriend and I moved into our current home but… At least we’re moving in two weeks, so it’s ready for our next home!
If there is one thing I’m proud of about the project (besides completing it) it would be that every square is different. No two squares are exactly the same. And many of the squares are color themed to match events while I was making it, holidays, and people who are important to me. This blanket has so much “me” in it, I think I’ll cherish it forever.
Week 33 of the #YearOfStitch : Double Twill Stitch
I am having some funnnnn with this stitch. It’s such a sexy filler stitch and it reminds me of a nice weave but as I stitched it on AIDA I was frustrated by the gaps because I didn’t have a floss that was bulky enough to create the look I wanted. SO, I got CrAzY with it and started stitching with two pieces of floss (all 6 strings in each). I even used different colors …I know I know. But it worked! It was bulky enough to fill in the blanks and it looked super rad with two different colors. I call it cotton candy. Here’s how that went down. The top one is a cotton floss which is clearly not bulky enough for the desired look of this stitch. The left one is a 6 strand silk floss, still not right. The right one is a combo of two cotton candy colored 6 strand flosses and I love the result. If you have a bulkier floss try it out and show me how it looks! I want to see how you all make this stitch work please.
Again, I used two pieces of 6 strand floss for this one
You are creating a diagonal down and to the left. As long as you like to fill whatever amount of space you want filled
always 4 down
Now start working back up. This time you cover just 2 holes.
While I covered this lovely green mineral before (see http://on.fb.me/1Hl3vnM), this wonderful 15 cm across natural aggregate of fibrous crystals is a stunner. Formed by the alteration of limestones by hot brines spat out of a cooling iron rich granite that was stewing in its own juices after reaching its buoyancy point in the crust of the Earth in one specific Siberian locality, it was named after the supposedly delicately textured wing feathers of the highest order of angels. The fibres could be cut into catseye stones, but it would ruin a wonderful mineral specimen, something I’m generally against (though for the record, I have nothing against cutting river rolled pebbles and angular cleavage fragments, just lushly formed crystals)