Descanso Gardens: Woven

Woven Exhibit at Descanso Gardens
Part of the Woven Exhibit at Descanso Gardens

As far as I’m concerned, a day doesn’t get much better than going to a fiber art exhibit set in a gallery surrounded by gardens you can walk through at leisure. Unfortunately, they’ve already changed the exhibit, and we only got to see it right before it closed, but the gardens are open year-round. I’d recommend them to any of my LA people who need fresh inspiration. Here are photos and names of the artists featured which I hope you’ll all enjoy!

Bound by Thinh Nguyen
Closeup of Bound
And another closeup – if you’re wondering, these balls were all loose on the floor. I had to be careful not to move any while photographing.
I had to take about 100 photos to capture this koi venturing out from the lily pads, but I got the shot! 🙂
The Enchanted Forest is not just any forest…those are California redwoods! My absolute favorite part of Descanso.
Descanso Gardens are well-named. Descansar means “to rest” in Spanish, and it is a very restful place.
Untitled by Echiko Ohira – the most artful use of tea bags I’ve ever seen.
My son admiring the vertical garden just outside the gallery
Xylem 3 by Kristin Leachman
Bouquet for Columbine #2 by Dinh Q. Le – my favorite piece out of the entire exhibit
Closeup – this is basically magazine photos of flowers in different widths that were woven together to create the visual effect.
woven exhibit at descanso gardens
Parachutes by Dinh Q. Le – another piece with the same techniques as above
descanso gardens
Domestic Flow by Meriel Stern – but if it was me, I’d have named it something oceanic because it looks like crocheted seashells to me. 🙂

Textile Artists

Someone on Ravelry posted this link, and I had to

a) thank them for sharing it and

b) immediately share it too!

I love it when people use a traditional medium, such as crochet, and do cool, innovative things with it! But I recommend you browse the site – the books page was pretty awesome too, and I would really love to read some of these. I am not sure yet what a person does with a textile degree, in terms of making a living, but I have always wanted to either go to school for fashion design or go to school for textiles ( I know, general term, but the degree exists!).

Daniel Gordon Studio

I came across this artist’s work in a magazine article and was motivated to look him up. He seems like a younger version of Kaffe Fassett except from a different medium and subject matter. But the way he overloads your eye with rich color and lots of pattern and texture reminds me of a Kaffe piece.

Enjoy browsing his site, and if you’re feeling so inclined, you can even download a PDF and follow the instructions to make the artist’s book.

Elspeth McLean: Dotillism Artist

I am often very annoyed with Facebook. They constantly change things, it often feels like they are the “big man” watching your every move, and now I can’t check my private messages on the app unless I install Messenger, which I stubbornly refuse to do. I also don’t like when they arbitrarily change your privacy settings, and then you have to go back in and reset them the way you had them.

But…gripes aside, it has been a place where I can connect with family and friends and find new and interesting things. A few months ago, a friend of mine liked the Elspeth McLean’s page, and it instantly caught my eye. I have been following her ever since. A quick browse on her website will brighten anyone’s day. She does all of her work with a paintbrush, acrylic paint, and dots. I imagine she must find her work as stimulating, and at the same time soothing, as I find mine. Her site is going to me my go-to place when I need to get out of a funk. Enjoy!

And if you would like to follow me on Facebook, I promise to try to make it worth  your while too!

Maya Hayuk

An artist who produces work full of symmetry, patterns and color inspired by Ukrainian crafts and mandalas (among other things) is an artist whom I can’t get enough of. It’s no wonder she has found success collaborating with fashion companies with her textile designs. I’m fascinated with colors and patterns anyway, and her work is rich in both. When our shop carried the entire range of Manos Maxima colors, I was especially fond of the super bright, almost neon colors. I didn’t buy any at the time, but I would absolutely love to design a few pieces inspired by Maya’s work using that yarn. I hope you have as much fun browsing her site as I did!

My Closet In Sketches

As you all know, I’m a big proponent of drawing. I’m not a talented illustrator by any means, so I try to cut myself slack and focus on sketching design ideas as a record to refer to at a later date. I very rarely show people my drawings, as I don’t feel they’re very good, and most of the time, they’re not “finished”. So you can imagine how much admiration (and yes, a little jealousy) I have for someone who can whip out finished drawings at such a rate they can run an entire blog around them. Of course, I don’t draw every day, and the advice I received throughout art school was to do just that. I’m too busy knitting and crocheting every day, and am not currently in possession of enough free time to add another daily learning habit. But I hope people get as much enjoyment out of looking at the results of my knit and crochet habits as I get out of looking at someone else’s daily sketching. Enjoy!

Mitered Squares and Op Art

I have always had a thing for optical illusion. Those collages people do with thousands of tiny photos fascinate me, as does Op Art and Impressionism. When you look close, you see all the individual elements, and when you step back, you see the big picture. It follows then, in knitting, that I’m a sucker for mitered square projects. I’ve made mitered square blankets in the past and am currently working on this one. I would love to replicate some of Li Shurui’s work next. Her body of work is highly focused on the plays of light and color, which of course, speaks to me on yet another whole level. Many of her paintings look like photos that have been manipulated with filters, but in reality, they are acrylic paintings. Enjoy!