having conversations

When I’m deeply involved in a major creative project or working hard to develop the next one, it’s easy for me to neglect things that are going on around me. Luckily, in my studio I am surrounded by six other fantastically creative people and all of their vivid ideas and concoctions. Last night we all gathered in a cozy circle to have a conversation about where our work is going and how it will all come together for an upcoming group show, and I took the opportunity to take a few snaps of what everybody is working on. It was a great way to remember how important it is to look outside of myself when searching for a creative push, and how valuable it can be to start conversations with the people and objects around me. Here are some sweet little tidbits of my fellow studio ladies’ work, followed by a couple of recent experiments by yours truly.

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Jill Magi is a poet/writer/diplomatic teacher extraordinaire who has recently found a special place in her soul for hand embroidery.

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Tali Weinberg is an activist and social justice advocate who also happens to have quite the magical touch when it comes to natural dyeing. She also weaves yards of cloth that make me drool.

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Astrid Lewis Reedy is a graphic designer by day and whips out her needle, thread, knitting machine, and overall awesomeness to become a fiber vixen by night (and weekend).

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Julia Ramsey is a knitwear designer and super-enthusiastic-learner-of-all-things-fiber whose amazing dress-draping skills and wedding designs almost make me want to get married.

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Denise Maroney‘s expertise in theater and costume design have lead to a wonderfully raucous explosion of thread, fabric, paper, and paint (and sometimes party decorations) as she thinks about fashion and women’s dress in parts of the world other than the US.

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Jordana Martin is an artist of all sorts, whether she is creating the beautiful environment in which we all work, whipping up super-stylish ottomans, or hosting and teaching you how to knit a boob.

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My own recent experiments have included this tedious albeit useful dye-mixing resource grid…..

…and this cut-paper pop-up shadow-making contraption, which emerged from my brain after having a grand old time making this card for Mom’s Day.

Don’t forget to look up from time to time, let your eyes focus on something larger than a needle and thread or a sharpened pencil tip, and take advantage of the creative people and things around you!

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About whitney crutchfield

I'm a textile designer, artist, and intern extraordinaire giving it a shot in the big city. I like to look at things and watch people. You might find me toiling away on a new design in my Brooklyn studio, embarrassingly chuckling at NPR guests as I fiddle with things in the craft room of a certain lifestyle company, salivating while staring at the pie shop that sits below my bedroom window, or dodging doggy poo on a run in Prospect Park. www.whitneycrutchfield.com
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2 Responses to having conversations

  1. Siobhan says:

    Sometimes getting stuck in a funk can be suffocating and detrimental to the flow of creativity. Thanks for the reminder that keep your head up + eyes open … all around us are people, places + things to help snap us out of it. Perfectly timed post Whitney!

  2. Dang Amanda says:

    How lovely! I am so turned on by all this textile work. Textiles and texture are my favorite. Thanks for this inspiring post. 🙂 I hope you’ll post pics of the show!

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