Archive for the 'Craft' Category

Girl With a Hook Sculptural Crochet

Heather Lightbody (Girl With a Hook) is completely and totally obsessed with yarn. She loves all the textures and colors…sometimes she finds herself thinking about yarn all day long. She is also obsessed with handspun yarn. All of her creations are made with handspun yarn, much of which she spins herself.

Heather has been crocheting hats for 7 years now.  She also crochets headbands, shrugs and scarves. “It’s become my life and my art. My ideas start as one thing and always seem to morph into something else by the time the end is near. That’s just how i work…the yarn and my mood show me where the hat should go,” she says.

To check out more of her amazing creations, you can go to her etsy page or to see even more examples of her work check out her flickr.

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Lindsay Keating-Moore of KM Stitchery

Lindsay is an artist from Minneapolis who makes hand-stenciled shirts of women revolutionaries. About her work she says: “I think it’s important to recognize, acknowledge and admire women who have fought for women’s rights and who have broken through gender barriers. And clothing is a great way to spread the message of feminism. I am sick of seeing male revolutionaries revered and plastered on t-shirts, but not hearing much about female revolutionaries!”

Currently she has made shirts of the following women: Kathleen Hanna, Gloria E. Anzaldua, Alice Paul, Emma Goldman, Angela Davis, Frida Kahlo, Audre Lorde, Victoria Woodhull, Bella Abzug, Gertrude Stein, Simone de Beauvoir, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Gloria Steinem/Dorothy Pitman Hughes, bell hooks, Lucy Stone, and Susan B Anthony.

To see more of her work or to buy a shirt go to her Etsy Store: www.kmstitchery.etsy.com

KM Stitchery

KM Stitchery

KM Stitchery

KM Stitchery

KM Stichery

Danny Mansmith

I first discovered Danny Mansmith on my way to eat breakfast at a little restaurant in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago. On Damen Avenue there are all these great little shops that are half underground, the front windows peeking above the street. One of these windows is elaborately decorated in all kinds of sewn items: clothing, neck pieces, decorative sewn shapes. They all have a very distinctive style: lots of random fabrics, quilting, sewn details, buttons, asymmetrical details, large statement pieces. There is an elegance to the randomness and you can tell that Danny really knows how to use fabric and shape, and also that he has a wild imagination.

You can see all of his work on his website, including his marker drawings, sculpture, and papercuts.

*UPDATE* Danny just informed me that he is soon moving from his space on Damen and will continue to create from home, so stop by to see his place while you can!

Danny Mansmith

Danny Mansmith

Danny Mansmith

Danny Mansmith

Danny Mansmith

Christopher Taylor Timberlake

Christopher is a jewelry crasftsman who makes fine art jewelry using a variety of techniques including the lost wax method, cuttlefish casting, and mokumé gane. Because both of his parents are scientists—and his father an amateur fossil hunter—he had interests in fossils, gemstones, and metals early on. His jewelry “is inspired by the natural world and a scientist’s understanding of it. I look to both geology and biology for charts, graphs, and maps of this world around us. I look to the skyline of the city, to animal vertebrae, and to the bone of a cephalapod.”

To see more of his work you can go to his website to order a custom piece or buy something off of his Etsy site.

Christopher Taylor Timerlake

Christopher Taylor Timerlake

Christopher Taylor Timerlake

Christopher Taylor Timerlake

Christopher Taylor Timerlake

Brie Ruais

Brooklyn based artist Brie Ruais sculptural works are a combination of found/collected objects and embroidery, weaving, and wax casts. Her works reflect a desire to connect with the community and the natural and metaphysical world and many of her works play on the interconnectedness of living things through the use of universal symbols.

More about her process from her website: “Working with embroidery, drawing, sculpture and found objects, I compose both floor and wall based installations that evoke environments and shrines. I use the aesthetics of spiritual practices in Shamanistic cultures to root the pieces in nature. The inherently labored, hand-made quality of embroidery, carved wood, and altered objects, and their arrangement with items from nature, stirs ideas of the sacred and ritualistic. For me, embroidery is a personal meditation on the parts of the whole, the pieces that make up a story, and an investigation into a historical craft of storytelling.”

See more works on her website: www.brieanaruais.com

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Brie Ruais

Brie Ruais

Brie Ruais

Brie Ruais

Uppercase Magazine

Uppercase is a gallery and publishing company in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They are dedicated to “making, curating, and publishing visual art.”

In addition to great exhibitions like Jen11—an exhibition of 11 artists named Jennifer—they have also begun publishing a quarterly magazine that is all about “learning from other artists, illustrators, designers, photographers, filmmakers and musicians, whether they’re upstarts or icons, famous or shy, verbal or visual.”

Uppercase Magazine

Uppercase Magazine

Unfortunately the first issue is sold out, and there are only about 10 of the second left so hurry and get one! You can also subscribe to the magazine on their website.

DIY Fabric Envelopes + Artist Interviews

I’m tired and have a million projects going on, so I’m going to take the easy way out on posting today and tell you to check out the DIY Project from yesterday’s Design*Sponge: Fabric Envelopes!

These were developed by Derek and Lauren of San Francisco’s Curiosity Shop (Wow, two San Francisco posts in a row! What a great city!)

Fabric Envelope

ALSO: Check out the new section on our website: Artist Interviews! First up is Berlin-based artist Kyle Bryant.

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About Us

Fill in the Blank Gallery was formed out of the desire to create a space where art can be presented, discussed, created, performed, written, shared, and taught on an accessible level. Our goal is to foster creativity in our community, which is so full of talent but perhaps lacking in creative outlets. Part artist collective, part gallery, we feature a wide range of artistic works each month including fine art, craft, film, and music.