No, not Christmas… Not Pumpkin Spice time… It’s time to start the yearly wonderful craziness that is/will become Stitch Fetish, wait for it… 5!!! Holy Coledo (as my friend’s mom says)!! Five years! Thank you all for the first four and the wonderful works you’ve made!!! And here we go again!

All the submission details and such are on my website, as usual the show is in February at the Hive Gallery, DTLA, subs due end of year, but you can go read all that. And if you need an example, all the past shows are online at the Hive.com, and here’s the type of things we’ve shown in the past:

bum love by amy dame

bum love by amy dame

Consent by Jess de Wahls

Consent by Jess de Wahls

Sisters under the skin 1 (Camberwell Beauty) by Sally Hewett

Sisters under the skin 1 (Camberwell Beauty) by Sally Hewett

Pennants by Robert Marbury

Pennants by Robert Marbury

You get the gist. It’s the world’s least objectifying erotica show, so get out your whimsy and your fiber, and get making!! I can’t wait to see the stitchy naughtiness you all come up with!!

Consent by Jess de Wahls

This Saturday afternoon, February 27th, is the final day of Stitch Fetish 4 at the Hive Gallery (open 1-6, Wed-Sat). Not only is it your last day to come downtown and see the show in person, we’re having a panel discussion on Gender and Sexuality in Stitch (at 3:30pm) and many of the (local) artists will be in attendance.

If you’re not in the LA area you can stream live – you’ll have to download Periscope and then friend or follow @thehivegallery – and it will be archived online after the fact to watch. I believe streaming live will give you the opportunity to write in questions during the Q&A portion of the panel.

Moderated by curator, Ellen Schinderman (me), the panel participants are: Billy Kheel (who’s just had a solo show in Denver), Emma Rose Laughlin (who was in Stitch Fetish 3 and is a current featured artist at The Hive), past Stitch Fetish artist Luke Haynes (who’s very busy with The Log Cabins of Donald Judd, a show of 50 quilts), and Ashley V Blalock, a multi talented artist and lecturer at California State University, San Bernardino.

This year’s show has been fantastic. There’s some amazing works still available, so come down and see them this week or check it out online. But I hope to see you Saturday, online or in person!

Every year I think, “This couldn’t get better,” and then it does. I’m so, so, so excited about this year’s Stitch Fetish (opening Saturday, February 6th at the Hive Gallery, DTLA), everyone has made such stellar, fun, fabulous work; I hope you love it half as much as I do.

bum love amy dame

Bum Love by Amy Dame

Enough gushing already! Here’s this year’s line up:

Adipocere
Mark Bieraugel
Ashley V Blalock
Olisa Corcoran
Amy Dame
Jess De Wahls
Spike Dennis
Nicole Filiatrault
Giddy Girlie
Peg Grady
Erika Hagberg
Becca Hammond
AshFord Harrison
Nano Hernandez
Annette Heully
Sally Hewett
Bascom Hogue
Josephine Huang
Alexander Kain
Billy Kheel
Michelle Kingdom
Barbara Bryn Klare
Katharine Lawrie
Jenny Lee
Rebecca Levi
Robin Mcgeough
Mackenzie Mollo
Matthew Monthei
Carie Musick
Oh Sew Nerdy
Shove Mink aka Croshame
Stephanie Pasa
Miel Rose
Julie Sarloutte
Ellen Schinderman
Heather Marie Scholl
Pete Seäzle
Meghan Willis
Jessika Wood
Wu Stitch
María Lucía Varona
Ben Youdan

I’ll be posting tastes and teases as the show draws closer! Yay!

I’m stitching away at one of my pieces for Stitch Fetish 4 this weekend. I have too many ideas this year, I think I’m making a bunch of pieces and then I’ll see what I accept from my own submissions. I hope you’re creating yours, or at least thinking about what to make. Only three and a half weeks to submit by Dec 15th. Can’t wait to see what you’re working on.

Here’s a sneak peak my current work in progress:

tree woman WIP

I applied at this online marketing company.

Nope, I don’t mean Halloween (though it has been pretty scary around her with things going bump in the night, I mean it’s Stitch Fetish 4 submission time!! Can you believe? I can’t! So here’s the basics:

Text Lady 8: Zoe (Body Shaming)

STITCH FETISH 4 AT THE HIVE GALLERY, DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, FEBRUARY 2016
Stitch – verb 1a : to fasten, join, or close with or as if with stitches <stitched a seam> b : to make, mend, or decorate with or as if with stitches
fe·tish noun 1 a : an object believed to have magical power to protect or aid its owner; broadly : a material object regarded with superstitious or extravagant trust or reverence: an object of irrational reverence or obsessive devotion : prepossession : an object or bodily part whose real or fantasied presence is psychologically necessary for sexual gratification and that is an object of fixation to the extent that it may interfere with complete sexual expression 2: a rite or cult of fetish worshipers 3: fixation
Stitch Fetish 4, at The Hive Gallery, LA, explores art of the stitch (a rite unto itself), revealing the fetishized secrets lurking in the minds of the artists.  Works of erotica and titillation! Works of dark fantasy and longing.  Works of secrets never told, but long desired.
Artists are encouraged to submit works dealing with erotica, fetish, sex, and sexuality. Feel free to interpret this theme widely. All types of stitched work are welcome for submission: knitting, crochet, embroidery, needlepoint, cross-stitch, quilting, appliqué… If it’s stitched, please submit.  Please note we are looking for contemporary interpretations of theme and medium.

Head on over to my site for the rest of the info, dates, guidelines, etc.

Last year was a doozy! Let’s see if we can’t top ourselves!

What a wonderful opening Saturday was! Many thanks to all who came out and to those who purchased works!! And to that end, I want to make sure everybody knows about our online store! All the works – that haven’t already been snatched up – are available online, for purchase, in Twilight Gallery’s STORE! So grab yourself a Dime Bag Daryl Doll,

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or a fabulous embroidered portrait of Lee Scratch Perry!

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Yep! It’s finally here (isn’t it amazing how things are months away, and you have tons of time and then suddenly, BANG!, they’re here), the opening of “Put the Needle on the Record,” at Twilight Gallery, Seattle! So very excited! The work is fantastic!!

Here’s a final preview, and then I’ll post pictures tomorrow of tonight and links to buy online.

"No Woman, No Cry" by Anya Astapova

“No Woman, No Cry” by Anya Astapova

"Release the Bats," by MacKenzie Mollo

“Release the Bats,” by MacKenzie Mollo

"(American nostalgia #5) Blanket " by Luke Haynes

“(American nostalgia #5) Blanket ” by Luke Haynes

"Ani DiFranco" by Jessica Pambianco

“Ani DiFranco” by Jessica Pambianco

Hope to see you tonight! Please say hi if you’re there!!

I notice a couple people have clicked the link for my Big Cartel store, from when I built it last month… thanks! It’s gone. Wix has added a store, and as my website’s there, my store will be too… momentarily. Really, within days.

Sorry!

Here’s how I art (sometimes):

IMG_7412I find a lady and I chop her up!

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I make a pattern and reassemble her. Then I stitch her lines in text!

IMG_7508This is, “Text Lady 5: Tina’s Husband Pt 1,”
14″x20″
text from Nancy Friday’s “My Secret Garden” (pub 1973)

Are you excited for Saturday night? I am!!

I’m flying up (I’ll be fashionably late, as my flight lands as the show opens), so I hope to see you at “Put the Needle on the Record!”

Here’s a couple of sneaky peaks at works!!

"Boy You Should Have Known By Now" by Billy Kheel

“Boy You Should Have Known By Now” by Billy Kheel

"Bjork" by Jess DeWahls

“Bjork” by Jess DeWahls

"Bjork" by Jess DeWahls

“Bjork” by Jess DeWahls

 

 

"Drake - Nothing was the Same" by Koe - Zee

“Drake – Nothing was the Same” by Koe – Zee

"Lee Scratch Perry" by Sophie Tomlinson

“Lee Scratch Perry” by Sophie Tomlinson

I added Braille Cards to the store today: “Don’t Go Chasing Watefalls,” “You Be Illin’,” “Do You Hear the Guns Fernando,” “We Can Be Heroes, Just for One Day,” and “Rollin’ Down the Street Smokin’ Indo, Sippin’ on Gin and Juice.” The come in a variety of colors and are a great way to buy an affordable piece of art – or an affordable art gifty!

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And as long as you’re there, don’t forget all pillows are 40% off in July when you enter EQUALITY at checkout!

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Not only am I discounting all Pillows in my store by 40% for the month of July (enter the word EQUALITY at checkout), I’m adding stuff daily!

Buy yourself an art prezzie!

Today I added more Pillows, tomorrow I will add new Braille Cards!

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