Friday, June 5, 2009

Kansas City (Part 2) SDA conference wrap up

Here are more artists and images that I enjoyed while at the conference last week. I attended a demonstration by Lisa Klakulak of free motion embroidery on her handmade felt. She demonstrated how she uses stitch on partially felted material to create dimension. She also had work in the trunk show and I desperately wanted one of her amazing pincushions, which were sculptural works of art. Below are two pincushions, a bracelet, a handbag and one of Lisa's sculptures. All images below © Lisa Klakulak and are from her website.

Entrapment; 13" x 10" x 6"; 2006; Merino wool fleece, silk fabric, waxed linen, copper wire, reclaimed soap cage, keys, cotton fill; naturally dyed with Madder root and Indigo, rusted, wet felted, hand stitched construction.

Like others, I was very disappointed in the Fashion Show which wasn't organized well as far as where the audience would stand. However, it opened with a performance by Sha Sha Higby that I really enjoyed. The performance was quiet, delicate and beautiful with the audience drawn into receiving the gifts from her as she moved and interacted with us. She makes all of her costumes and I had the delight while leaving the chaos of the Fashion Show of running into her showing a few people her silk, hand painted costume.

shashahigbyHeather Allen-Swartttouw was one of the artists who had solo exhibitions at the conference. Sadly, my schedule did not give me time to see her work. Here is a scan of her postcard, though, to give you a perspective on her thoughtful, quiet and beautiful work. I am really intrigued that she utilizes weavings in her artwork. A note on her "under construction" website states that she will be updating it when she returns from the conference, so hopefully there will be more images soon.

Sounding, 22" x 12", recycled cotton bed sheets, rayon warp, silk, silk-silver cloth dye, textile ink, screen printed, plain weave, applique, painting, embroidery

See more images from the conference on Gerrie's blog.

P.S. I love Twitter. You never know what gems you will find by dropping in and reviewing the tweets. For example, did you know that the Art21 videos are all on Hulu? Watch them here.

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