Inspiration: Friends and Fiber Artists

March 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

There are some really awesome shows in and around Seattle right now.

Rachel Rader: Her Majesty

Her Majesty is a softly colored exhibit of all new work from friend Rachel Rader.  The show is a collection of artifacts from an underwater Utopian  kingdom ruled by a reverse mermaid (fish on top lady on the bottom).  Not to be missed are the coronation jewels – scepter, orb, wedding rings and crown in delicate pink glass lavishly decorated in coral, pearls, and hand made beads.  Delicately displayed on strawberry cream colored pillows, these pieces make me want to be a princess! On view until April 2nd.

Material Content of Softness

The Bellevue Arts Museum never disappoints. Through June 26th, check out the newest fiber art show bringing together 11 national/international artists. Worked in embroidery, knitting, crochet, and various other fiber techniques all pieces focus on the human body.

Featured artists include: Diem Chau, Lauren DiCioccio, Angela Ellsworth, James Gobel, Angela Hennessy, Rock Hushka, Lisa Kellner, Miller & Shellabarger, Lacey Jane Roberts, Jeremy Sanders and Nathan Vincent.

It’s a truly fantastic to experience hand work in person, to get very close and really admire every stitch.  I certainly did that with Rock Hushka’s meditative herbal embroideries.  Worked in seed and bullion stitch on cloth that contained his own blood these works had the stoic appearance of medieval embroidery with out the anonymity.

I always enjoy seeing local artist Diem Chau’s work – in person you can see the faint shimmer from the rayon/silk cloth and  can really appreciate the intimate scale of the cups, bowls, and saucers.  If you are unfamiliar with her art, please do check out her website. In addition to being an embroideress she also makes wonderful carvings from crayons.

Artistic Merit

While you are at BAM, head down stairs to the new community room gallery located next to the gift shop.  Artists featured in this exhibit are recent scholarship recipients of Pratt Fine Arts Center – friends that I see just about everyday.  It’s an  incredibly well curated show of glass, prints, and small sculpture.

Not to be missed are Armelle Bouchet O’Neill microcosmic inspired pieces!

Featured artists include: Granite Calimpong, Isabella Leary, Jenny Wittlinger, Julia Harrison and Armelle Bouchet O’Neill On view until April 23rd.

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