Feb 2011 The latest discovery in graffiti & embroidery:
About a year ago, Jon Baker, a personal trainer at New York Sports Club, and Iviva Olenick, an avid gym member, met and became trainer and client. While working together, they discovered a mutual love of art, and decided to combine their media. Jon is a native New Yorker and graffiti artist who works primarily with marker on paper. Iviva Olenick is a textile designer and fiber artist. Their site documents the development of FiberGraf, where street art, graffiti, and embroidery merge.
learn more & browse their blog here: LINK
They have also collaborated on tshirts & other stitchgraf projects — check it out!
That’s right, Stitchbombing is for the Truly Fearless Stitcher…
But I get ahead. First we must define our terms, yes?
Stitch Bomb, v., to pass a thread/cord/rope/wire through a public surface (such as fabric, plastic, metal, fencing, etc.) in order to produce a “mark” often worked into the form of a monogram, symbol, motif or text; generally a covert or unauthorized action.
Bomb, document, share (and we’ll keep it real quiet… sshhh)
Ulrika Erdes (Sweden) stitchbombed this lovely bus seat with a MOST sweet cross stitch. And another lil dude looking out the window:
You can find more about her and her fearless public embroidery here *link*
And this is ONLY the beginning… just WAIT til you see what’s in the works…
Consider the Craftivist Collective cross stitching fences in protest; if ever there was graffiti stitch, THIS is it:”Love stinks unless you act on it”:
*link* to flickr gallery
*link* to website
And this… just in from the lovely Radical Cross Stitch crew:
Tutorial for stitching a chain link fence in protest against wasting dollars on wasteland: **LINK**
over at wiki, there’s a work-in-progress to document activist stitch:
In the mean time… Be fearless…
Bomb. Document. Share.
It’s ALL Freedom of Stitch to us!
Just when I thought I was finished applauding and bravo-ing my amazing friends for their activism on behalf of the Haitians who are putting their lives back together, I tripped over David Littler’s report on the Sampler-Culture Clash blog detailing how Ele Carpenter is raising money in San Francisco through her Open Source Embroidery project *LINK* — By auctioning all sorts of objets d’art, including: GRAFFITI’ED CHAIRS!! If you haven’t already investigated the Sampler project, you’re in for a real treat - When dj’s meet stitch, it’s a truly special exchange! Check it out! *LINK*
And now, with David Littler and Ele Carpenter teaming up to use their needles for the best of the good… it only reconfirms what I’ve been saying: when we put our needles ON the record, the BEST things come of it! Incidentally the auction is as follows: Sunday 21 February 2010, Silent Auction 12-4.30pm / Live Auction 5pm, Tiburon Town Hall, 1505 Tiburon Blvd, SanFran CA,USA.