Tag: arts and crafts

Penguin By Hand Book Covers

Back in 2011, Penguin released a series of books with hand-embroidered book covers as part of its “Penguin Threads” series. Each book cover featured the commissioned  artwork of a different artist evoked onto a paper cover. This year, I was reminded of this collaboration by Jenny Hart (@sublimestitching), who has contributed her talents by embroidering the artwork on Sarah Blake’s “The Postmistress” for the publishing house’s “Penguin By Hand” series. The series will feature needlework, cross-stitching, quilting, and crochet on the covers of six books. I think it’s a fantastic way of giving new life to classic print, while giving a warm handcrafted sentimentality to something that’s become a little cold and digitized. When you consider the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into stitching something this alive and lovely, doesn’t it make you want to run your hands over this book cover?

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National Quilt Day & CAFAM

IMG_3879National Quilt Day  was March 21st, and I spent it at the Craft and Folk Art Museum falling in love with all these man-made quilts. And by man-made, I mean that quite literally: Every single piece was constructed by a contemporary male quilt artist, and these were NOT your grannie’s patchworks. It was really awesome to see some contemporary masculine artists express themselves through textiles, which is a medium I’m very passionate about because of how much potential it has to function as texture, art, utility, and economic resourcefulness.

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