Friday, 6 February 2015

Guidance off to LA


'Guidance' makes debut in Stitch Fetish 3, opening tomorrow at the Hive Gallery in 
Los Angeles, California — February 7-28th. 

Thanks Ellen Schinderman, curator and stitcher, for the invitation!

Guidance. Valerie Knapp© Hand embroidery, DMC, fabric, vintage hair removal guide, paper,
on Japanese hagaki (postcard).


Guidance (detail). Valerie Knapp© Hand embroidery, DMC, fabric, vintage hair removal guide, paper, on Japanese hagaki (postcard).


Guidance. Valerie Knapp© Hand embroidery, DMC, fabric, vintage hair removal guide,
paper, on Japanese hagaki (postcard).



Invitation—Stitch Fetish 3, curated by Ellen Schinderman, 2015

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Throwback Thursday

Pins & Needles #2, 2002. Valerie Knapp©  Silk organza, Japanese paper, various vintage notions, threads, fabrics, papers, relief print, embroidery, sewing.




Pins & Needles #3, 2002. Valerie Knapp©  Silk organza, Japanese paper, various vintage notions, threads, fabrics, papers, relief print, embroidery, sewing.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Loop and Whirl


Soothing natural linen goods at Holiday Pop Up, Craft Ontario Gallery 990 Queen Street West, Toronto.


iPad and Eyeglass Sleeves and Zip Pouch in 'Loop', Zip Bag in 'Whirl'.  Linen, relief print, lined. Valerie Knapp© 2014

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Popping up around Toronto…

This weekend catch Viv and I at her studio on Christie just south of Dupont. Lots of people stopped by today and we're there again tomorrow …

My accessories and home goods are flying off the shelves and alongside I'm showing some new small embroideries.



Also, just opened, the Holiday Pop Up Shop at the Craft Ontario Gallery (formerly the OCC) at 990 Queen St West. It's awesome to be included again this year amongst an amazing range of work by 48 makers. Check it out.

Next weekend I'm showing in Hamilton at Elizabete Ludviks Annual Studio Sale, with Andrea Piller, Lauris Milbrets and Erna de Vries.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

New Linens!


I'm creating new shapes and sizes in my bag and sleeve collections in time for the holiday show season. See my new Zip Pouch and Oblong Zip Bag below. Also, in addition to my Eyeglass Sleeve I'm introducing a padded iPad Sleeve, with pics to follow soon.

I've been popping new colours and prints into the collection too…


Change purse, keys, tokens?  Zip Pouch please. 100% linen, hand printed, with cotton lining. Valerie Knapp©


Stow pencils or stuff in an Oblong Zip Bag. 100% linen, hand printed, with cotton lining. Valerie Knapp©

More pics on my FB page, link on my sidebar.…


Zip Pouch and Oblong Zip Bags. Valerie Knapp©

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Till Death Do Us Part

I have a new work titled Till Death Do Us Part, 2014, in a group exhibition, Stitches across Time, opening this Friday at the Dufferin County Museum & Archives, north of Toronto on Airport Road (intersection of Highway 89) near Mulmur, Ontario.

The public opening is Friday Sept 12th at 7pm and the show continues until November 9, 2014.  Note: during regular hours the museum admission is $5. for adults. Call 1.877.941.7787 for info or check the museum website link above.



Till Death Do Us Part, 2014. Valerie Knapp©  Closed view, in vintage
jewellery box, vintage mother-of-pearl button.




The piece is in response to a beautiful Victorian era white on white wedding dress, that will also be on view.






Till Death Do Us Part, 2014. Valerie Knapp©  Embroidery, DMC thread,
tucking, on antique hanky linen and lace, vintage mother-of-pearl button,
vintage box.  Dimensions: 7.5cm W  x 9cm H x 9cm D




Exquisite, rarely seen historical textile pieces from the museum will be shown alongside the contemporary works inspired by them. 






Till Death Do Us Part, (detail) 2014. Valerie Knapp©  





I stitched pin tucks in antique hanky linen, and found a similar lace to edge it, to replicate the wedding dress fabric. 





Till Death Do Us Part, 2014. Valerie Knapp©  On plinth.



The newest addition to my Boxed Embroidery Series