Sunday, 16 August 2015

Faces to Vancouver

I'm exhibiting two new embroidered works in an invitational show titled Let's Face It, curated by Barbara Cohen, opening Aug 27th in Vancouver at the Circle Craft Gallery on Granville Island.


Goddess of Green, Valerie Knapp© 2015 Hand embroidery, vintage magazine photo,
DMC thread, vintage lace flower, mounted and stitched on paper.


Goddess of Green, (detail) Valerie Knapp© 2015. Hand embroidery, vintage magazine photo, DMC thread, vintage lace flower, mounted and stitched on paper. 



I liked the theme of the face and have stowed away various faces over the years. The paper pieces are delicately stitched with a beading needle. Also included in the show are 2 of my Boxed Embroideries, embroidered sleeping child pieces, Dream #3 and Dream #4, part of a series of tiny stitched faces, tucked under blankets and shown inside small boxes, in this case, in a sterling silver vintage tooth box and an antique ring box.


Inflated, Valerie Knapp© 2015 Hand embroidery, vintage magazine photo,
DMC thread, pencil, beads, antique lace, mounted on foam core. 



Dream #4, Valerie Knapp© 2011 Hand embroidery, cotton sheeting,
DMC thread,  cotton padding, mounted in antique Ryrie-Birks ring box 



Dream #3, Valerie Knapp© 2009 Hand embroidery, cotton sheeting,  DMC thread,  cotton
padding, mounted in sterling silver vintage Lunt tooth box.

Invitation


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.