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Category: Art

STORIES IN CLOTH WITH QUILTER MAURA GRACE AMBROSE, #24 OF THREAD CULT

 ”Quilting is such a social process. It’s such a self expression, in that the quilts are beautiful designs and they can speak for themselves. There’s such a wonderful story behind them, whether it’s the maker, or what they were doing, or what was going on at the times, or how the fabrics came to be, [...]

MODERN PATCHWORK WITH DENYSE SCHMIDT, #23 OF THREAD CULT

One of my artist friends, who moonlights as a custom quilter, likes to call her creations bed paintings. I love this term, and I think it’s an apt description for the work of Denyse Schmidt, my most recent guest on Thread Cult. I’ve admired Denyse’s quilts for years. Her modern take on a very old [...]

WOVEN SHIBORI: AN INTERVIEW WITH CATHARINE ELLIS #22 THREAD CULT

Back in March, I visited The Oriole Mill in North Carolina, where I recorded a couple episodes with Bethanne Knudson, co-founder of The Oriole Mill, and Libby O’Bryan, owner of the Western Carolina Sewing Company. While Libby and I were chatting, I spotted a blouse Libby had made from the most fantastic dyed fabric. I [...]

COLOR WIZARDRY WITH AUDREY LOUISE REYNOLDS, EPISODE #8 OF THREAD CULT

I’m a big fan of natural color, and lately I’ve been trying to learn more about using natural dyes and fibers in my sewing. Perhaps it’s because I’ve got a baby on the way, but using less toxic everything has become more and more important to me. It’s not surprising, then, that when I happened [...]

FASHION AND TECHNOLOGY, A NEW THREAD CULT EPISODE, AND LOOK WHO’S ON THE NEW & NOTABLE SECTION OF iTunes!

I’ve never considered myself a hard-core fashionista, nor much of a follower of specific designers, but when it comes to looking at pretty dresses I’m a certified geek. Like most sewers out there, I could spend far too much time examining a well-made garment, trying to learn the secrets of its construction. This was partially [...]

VOUS ETES SALE, AND SO ARE YOUR PANTYHOSE!

I have a problem with my plow impulse, that instinct to get ‘er done quick. I’d make a lousy archeologist, always going for the big shovel over the tiny trowel and paintbrush. Although this impulse did make me a good cook on my dad’s fishing boat in Alaska, and got me a job the first [...]

MARTHA GRAHAM AND THE CASE OF THE NOT-SO-MAXI MAXI

Between the ages of 10 and 14, my favorite part of the day generally landed around 3:30 p.m., right about when dance class started. We lived in a small town with very few cultural type activities for kids interested in the arts. Thankfully a wonderful, tireless sixth grade teacher taught ballet and modern nearly daily in [...]

iPad ART!

Generally, I consider myself a slow adapter. It took me years to get a cell phone, and after a brief and unhappy liaison with a Blackberry, I’m back to my husband’s 5-year-old clam phone. I really don’t know much about apps, or how code works, or even if I’m writing about these correctly. But let [...]

MY SCI-FI LOVE LETTER TO ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

“I spent a long time learning how to construct clothes, which is important to do before you can deconstruct them” — Alexander McQueen Lately, I’ve thought a lot about how art and fashion intersect, converge, and influence one another. Given that I’m married to an artist and that I’ve become an OCD sewer, I think [...]

ACCIDENTAL CUBISM

  “…art must be understood as a privileged space of ever increasing creativity.” —Liberato Santoro-Brienza, The Tortoise and the Lyre I haven’t painted in a long time, mostly because I’ve never considered myself talented. I gave up art pretty early on in pursuit of “practical” endeavors. Recently my husband, who’s a trained painter (and all around [...]