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Barbara Jurgs Koppang - The Oddest Goddess

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Over ten years ago I was at a show and met this wonderful woman and her husband.  The booth was filled with charming characters and Santa's of various shapes and sizes.  The artist, Barbara Jurgs Koppang, explained how she collects fabrics, fibers and embellishments and uses them in her work.  She is known for using a variety of objects including sticks, stones vintage buttons, beads, upcycled wool and remnants of quilts.  She ties it all together with clay that she sculpts into faces and figures.  Each piece is like a story that you can read into the expression of the faces she forms. Barbara loves altering objects with a wide variety of techniques.

Our Oddest Goddess grew up in Iowa and has lived in various places throughout the Midwest.  Six years ago she and her family moved to Utah where she has her studio.  She is a fourth generation artist and is mostly self taught.  We are so pleased to be featuring her work during this holiday season.  She has created a series of pin cushions for us that you can find in our Unique Gifts section.  You can see more of her work on her Pinterest Page and follow on Instagram as well.  Her imaginative pieces just make you smile!

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And a fun stitching time was had by all!

On Saturday, October 21, we had our first workshop on Spontaneous Stitching enthusiastically taught by Christine Mauersberger.  Nine of us learned new techniques for stitching mindfully and creatively.  Each person came from a different artistic background ranging from a landscape architect to a teacher of eco dyeing.  The four hours flew by quickly with interludes of [...]

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Karen Paust and Her Magnificent Beading!

Karen Paust is inspired by bugs, butterflies, plants and the natural world around her.  Some of her favorite artists include Paul Klee, Georgia O'Keefe, Pierre Bonnard, Magdalena Abakonowicz, Ruth Asawa and Joyce Scott.  Quite a range of styles and forms, but that makes sense since Karen's work includes knitting, crochet, sewing, painting, sculpture, drawing, paper [...]

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Needles, Needles and More Needles

Needles, Pins and Buttons!Needles, needles, needles....we all use them, but are we using the right ones for the right jobs? Our needle offerings from Maison Sajou are growing by the day and we are so excited about the new styles and the opportunity to offer just the right needle you need for the job. [...]

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Ruth Miller - Upcoming Shows

We are big fans of Ruth Miller and her fascinating embroidered portraits. She was our featured artist this past February. Ruth's work will be featured in two upcoming shows. Go see this work if you are in the area. If you are unfamiliar with Ruth you can check out our blog: http://treschicstitchery.com/…/ruth-miller-embroidered-por…/"The Evocation and Capture of [...]

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The Elegant Embroidery of Kirsten Chursinoff

Inspired by the natural environment of Canada's west coast, Vancouver native Kirsten Chursinoff's embroideries are detailed images of butterflies, birds and gorgeous flowers.  We are so pleased to feature her this month in our artist profile.  A trained textile artist who began working with thread as a young girl, Kirsten uses both hand and machine [...]

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Heidi Zielinski - Fiber Into Art - Quilter

Heidi Zielinski loves the touch and feel of fabric and the infinite possibilities for combining color, line and texture when creating her quilts.  She loves how quilting the layers creates texture and shadow on the quilt surface.  She uses commercial fabric and also creates her own materials by dyeing, painting and stamping fabric.  "I use [...]

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Christine Mauersberger - Artist of the Month for April

I am so very pleased to introduce one of Ohio's own textile artists, Christine Mauersberger.  Christine uses a variety of materials in her work from new silk and linen to worn pieces she finds in resale shops.  She loves to give new life to recycled fabric.  She loves to stitch and finds serenity in the [...]

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Places for Inspiration - Textile Artist Resources

March came upon us and we have been traveling to shows and meeting with retail partners.  Along the way we missed curating our next Artist of the Month.  So its a good time to share some of the resources we use find out what artists are up to, and where we go for inspiration.  I [...]

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Ruth Miller - Embroidered Portraiture

Our featured artist series has given me the opportunity to be in touch with wonderful fiber artists, and now I am so very pleased to tell you about Ruth Miller who creates exquisite embroidered portraiture.  New York City native Ruth Miller, who works primarily in the medium of hand-stitched embroidery, considers herself part of the [...]

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