female artist

so good...

again, with the embroideries.  I just love this work by Michelle Kingdom.  The images are so painterly, textured and detailed.  I dearly want one for my own.  Her little dreamscapes are full of mystery.  You can see her work on her website, she is one of Designsponge.com 18 embroidery artists to watch on instagram, and she has been featured on thisiscolossal.com.  

"Some imagined future" by Michelle Kingdom.

"Some imagined future" by Michelle Kingdom.

"What is done cannot be undone" by Michelle Kingdom

"What is done cannot be undone" by Michelle Kingdom

"Life will divide us" by Michelle Kingdom

"Life will divide us" by Michelle Kingdom

"Duties of gossamer" by Michelle Kingdom

"Duties of gossamer" by Michelle Kingdom

one of my favorite things to get in the mail...

Is the RISDXYZ.  It is the print magazine for Rhode Island School of Design Alumni.  I am consistently amazed at the talent, scope and ambition of the community I went to school with.  It is remarkable and inspiring.  I often dream that I have gone back to get another Masters degree in painting, sculpture and fibers...to explore the other areas I never had a chance engage in.  This issues cover featured the work of Sophia Narrett, a painter who began embroidering her narratives.    

Stars Align , Sophia Narrett

Stars Align, Sophia Narrett

Something Went Wrong , detail, Sophia Narrett

Something Went Wrong, detail, Sophia Narrett

Along the Vein,  Sophia Narrett

Along the Vein, Sophia Narrett

I love how she plays with the edge of the frame, with negative space in the interior of the image and with the drips and pulls of embroidery floss that start to feel think like paint.  The images are so layered and full that it takes multiple viewings to really discern the entire narrative.  And the textures and color are so rich and evocative that you can get lost in the beauty of the stitching in and of itself.  Thank you RISDXYX for introducing me to her work!

Littleyellowbirds….

is a blog I have been admiring from afar for some time.  I am not sure how I discovered Joetta Maue, but it may have been from the book "Push Stitchery."  The book is a collection of thirty contemporary embroidery artists and interviews and it will make your heart ache.  In a good way….

Joetta's blog is often about her process as an artist.  What she is making, not making, balancing, living; and I find hope in her own inquiry.  Her blog is also a place to make discoveries.  She features artists that do lovely things, that I might never have found on my own.  Joetta has an exhibition scheduled for January/February of next year and I can't wait to see what she does.  

"On the Couch" by Joetta Maue

"On the Couch" by Joetta Maue

"On the Couch" detail

"On the Couch" detail

"Window" by Joetta Maue

"Window" by Joetta Maue

One of my all-time favorite blogs....

http://www.artisaway.com

If you haven't visited, Elsa Mora, is one of the most gifted and prolific artists I've found online.  I love her work (her papercuts are to die for) and I discover something new about her every time I look.  She believes creativity and art are life forces, and that they are available to anyone.  She is an inspiration...a mother, a woman, a maker...and she makes me want to be better in my different roles.  I once told someone that she made the worked I wish I could make, but I am not sure that is entirely true.  I think she has shown me that I can make the work I make and see it's truth.  Please check her out.  

 

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Thank you Elsa for letting me show some images from your site!

Buysomedamnart.com

Have you visited this site?  It is brilliant.  The work is varied, interesting and affordable.  Founder Kate Singleton curates contemporary artists into her online gallery, with a new artist exhibiting every Tuesday, and showing for six weeks.  I am excited to share that I will be exhibiting dolls in October.  I've got two new ones that I hope to include, and need to hustle to get the rest made.  Please check it out!  There are half a dozen things I would love to have on my walls, and a great Q&A with each artist about their process. I have discovered some amazing new talents on this sight, and can't wait to see what Kate will show next.