August 23, 2010

Art on a String

Those who regularly read this blog know that I am a big fan and huge supporter of indie artists.  I've written about my carefully curated handmade coffee/tea cup collection.  My home is lovingly filled with wonderful pieces of handcrafted furniture.  Being an artisan myself, I have great respect for craftspeople because I understand the heart and soul that these creative people pour into their work.  After hearing the story of the Quilts of Gee's Bend and the incredible women who make them, then seeing the quilts while on exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2008, I became intrigued by the intricate work of Fiber and Textile artists.
I've discovered the fascinating embroidery work of Elaine Reichek, the crocheted brilliance of Xenobia Bailey and the sculptural magnificence of Karen Searle.  The juried artisan shopping site, 1000 Markets hosts a number of fiber art showcases including the extraordinary work of my new favorite, Susan Sorrell of Creative Chick Studios.  (Her Twitter background is a must-see)  If you are in the New York City area, you won't be disappointed if you visit the Museum of Art and Design to see Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets exhibition, a revered collection of baskets and fiber sculpture.   

So I think Art on a String is an appropriate name for my next artistic collection/obsession.  Now excuse me while I figure out where it will all go....

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