Danish Artists Les Deux Garçon...

Make the most amazing work!  I first saw their work when I was in Miami for Superfine! two years ago and I snuck off to one of the other fairs.  There was so much great work, and so much to be inspired by...but you know when you come upon something and you lose your breath for a minute?  And then your hair stands up on end?  That was this work.  I bought the catalog before I even finished looking at what was on the wall.  

Je-sais-bien-mais-je-mn-fou

Je-sais-bien-mais-je-mn-fou

Vogel-vronwtje

Vogel-vronwtje

Les-friandises

Les-friandises

Le-saltimbanque-no-2

Le-saltimbanque-no-2

I love how whimsical they are, but yet I also sense some melancholy.  Have a look at their website...they work in many mediums beyond taxidermy...but these are my favorites!

"Pulling Stitches" exhibition at Hutchinson Center for the Arts....

went up yesterday.  There is some brand new work, work from the fall, and work from way back, but I am happy to see it all together.  The install was easy (Thanks, Lisa!) and the space is fabulous.  My reception is June 29 from 5-6:30 pm and the exhibition closes on July 7.  I am not going to make it back up before the reception, but our plan is to stay overnight, get good documentation and maybe play at the Science Museum in St. Paul before getting Thai food and heading home.  

Embroidered pattern paper

Embroidered pattern paper

Beaded vintage handkerchiefs

Beaded vintage handkerchiefs

All new animal dolls

All new animal dolls

Some more friends...

Some more friends...

Still more....

Still more....

So happy to have the Kangaroo standing again.  And the sloth is on his tippy toes.  The air was not keeping up, so Lisa promised to light all the work today.  I am so relieved to have it up!

arrrrrgh.....

So I hear there have been some troubles commenting...and unfortunately, IT support (husband) is out of town.  As far as I can see, the settings seem to allow comments, but I will have to try my giveaway another time.  Until then, I just posted this on nikimade.etsy.com.

"Doll (Stretch)" is one of my three most favorite from this series.  It is so nice to go back to work and remember why it mattered so.  

giveaway...

so a girlfriend just suggested I do a giveaway, and since I am printing extra copies of all my anatomical drawings series before my boys go on a road trip and I lose IT support (husband), let's try it!  Leave a comment in the comments section about your must watch Netflix show/film/special...I am ready to start Season 1 "Better Call Saul" but I also need to get through the current season of "The Americans" on FXNow.  Dilemmas.  I will pick a commenter by random to receive the print "Stomach" that is newly listed at nikimade.etsy.com.  It is printed on archival paper with fade proof ink and fits in a standard 8.5x11 inch frame. If you have any friends that might be interested, please send them this way....I will be choosing a winner at random on on Sunday, June 12 at 9 pm and shipping the print on Monday morning.  

I love this work...

By Erin Endicott.  She uses found materials, hand dying, painting and tactile embroidery to create these lovely little portraits of pain, healing, innocence, and femininity.  Please visit her website here.  You can also find a wonderful interview with her on TextileArtist.Org.

Healing Sutra #29

Healing Sutra #29

detail

detail

Healing Sutra #13

Healing Sutra #13

Healing Sutra #11

Healing Sutra #11

Healing Sutra #29

Healing Sutra #29