Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Lace and Sea

Exploring a new medium! I recently spent some awesome time in a series of classes — an introduction to encaustic.

Vivian East and Julia Ramdeholl operate Freehand School of Art in Toronto, offering classes in a variety of media for adults and children. Encaustic is taught by Andrea Nesbitt and the next 5 class session starts in April.

I made a few pieces including this series of three panels …

Lace and Sea #3. (detail) Valerie Knapp© 2015.  Seaweed, scan, antique lace, paper, wax, on panel.



Lace and Sea #3 2015 Valerie Knapp© Seaweed, seaweed scan, antique lace, paper, wax, on panel.




I'm intrigued by the interaction of organic and manmade structures, so I like how fusing them together, this juxtapositioning, creates a conversation between these opposite forms of networking. 





Lace and Sea #2. Valerie Knapp© 2015.   Sea fan, antique lace, wax, on panel.




Lace and Sea #1. Valerie Knapp© 2015.   Seaweed scan, antique lace, wax, on panel.

I love how my work and materials takes me in diverse directions researching. I was reading about seaweed, searching the web for images to identify what I have collected, scavenged. I found this beautiful picture of ocean fields of seaweed cultivation off the tiny Balinese island of Nusa Lembongan, looking like a patchwork quilt! The picture took me to the Botany Photo of the Day page … to see more — UBC Botanical Garden site for the article about this cultivation. Life is full of riches.


Farming two species of seaweed, Eucheuma spinosum and more commonly Eucheuma cottonii, in the sea off a small island off the eastern coast of Bali. Photo: Ingrid Hoff




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©