Mar 23, 2010

Undomesticated Opening Night!

Thank you to everyone who came to our Opening on Friday, March 19th! And a big thank you and a hug to all of the wonderfully talented artists of Undomesticated!

See a few photos posted by Pink Eye Magazine!

You can still see the show through April 11th, Just give us a call or send us an e-mail to make an appointment!

Mar 19, 2010

National Craft Month: Blogs

Ah, blogs... what would we do without them? Here are two craft related blogs that I visit weekly if not daily. (We'll share more blogs in the coming days.)

Craftzine's blog is a plethora of information on anything craft: make it, bake it, sell it, whatever you want to do, it's here! Want some ideas for what you can do with plastic bags? Wine bottles? Or even granola wrappers? Check Want to find interesting, from scratch recipes? Check Want to discover some really cool art that artists are creating today? Check Want to do a project you never knew you have to try? You got it - check

Oh Etsy! How do we love thee? Let us count the ways...
If you haven't bought from Etsy, posted your own art on Etsy, or even heard of Etsy, let's get you hip to this amazing place called Etsy. The Etsy blog covers many topics. Buying and selling on Etsy, tips, featured artists and articles (my favorite being "Quit Your Day Job"), news, projects, and more! This is what they have to say about themselves, "Our mission is to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers. Our vision is to build a new economy and present a better choice: Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade." Oh yeah... I got chills...

What craft blogs do you visit weekly? Daily?


Mar 18, 2010

National Craft Month: Shops

~Are you a Westsider? Then visit Birds of a Feather in Avon! This shop not only carries gorgeous yarn (I once spent over $200 in one visit. No kidding.) but carries wonderful fabrics too. They have tons of classes and host meetings. You can book space for your own group or join a group! There's even a group to knit or crochet for charity. How lovely is that?

~Earlier we mentioned River Colors Studio in Lakewood. This spacious shop invites you to "Go ahead -- touch, discover, play, let your mind run free", and it's easy to do that... I kept touching this luxurious hot pink cashmere yarn and fell in love. Take a look at their online store. They have a nice book selection and the staff is very helpful and very knowledgeable and willing to help you with practically any question you may have. Like all good specialty shops, they have classes and I've noticed many groups chatting and knitting at the tables too.

~In Cleveland is Fine Points on Larchmere! This beautiful Victorian house is stuffed with amazing specialty yarn! They have classes, special events, and Trunk Shows! The staff is friendly and will take a moment to help you with your project. They also have an online store. On the second floor is a boutique featuring designer clothing and accessories. I'm still trying to figure out when I can by this gorgeous coat by An Ren!

Whether you visit one of these shops or all, plan to spend some serious time. There is a lot to see!


Mar 17, 2010

Undomesticated Sneak Peek!

We are very excited for this show to open and we want to give you a little peek of a few pieces...

Emily Felderman

Jennifer Whitten

Christine Mauersberger

Rebecca Cross

Now these are Super Close Detailed Sneak Peeks! And are only 4 out of the 10 artists featured! So you must come to the opening this Friday, March 19th between 6pm-11pm to find these beautiful pieces and see a whole lot more!

Mar 12, 2010

National Craft Month!

As we mentioned in a previous post, March is National Craft Month! In honor of this, we'll feature some great craft blogs, Cleveland area shops, and local workshops and classes where you can learn a craft or even share your craft!

Up first is Stitch Cleveland! This fun, bright, sunny, beautiful space is run by Heidi and Megan, a mother-daughter team of seamsters. Visit them for lessons and classes whether you're a beginner or an expert. They carry beautiful fabrics and notions and they have many projects on display as well as books to inspire you. They are also super friendly and their enthusiasm for their craft is contagious! So stop in for a visit, take a class and make your own clothes, a quilt, toys, art, whatever!

Also, meetings of the Crochet Club and Church of Craft are held at Stitch Cleveland regularly! I told you it's a fun space.

Stitch Cleveland is located at the corner of Sloane and Detroit Rd. in Lakewood right next door to River Colors Studio (a full scale yarn shop) and Blackbird Baking Company.

*****Note: Stitch Cleveland moved! They are at 18117 Detroit Road in Lakewood. Check out their website for more information.

Mar 9, 2010

Studio Envy

Running a gallery takes a lot of work. A lot. Seriously. A lot. But there are perks to this biz, and one of them would be visiting artists' studios!

In the process of putting together Undomesticated, Stephanie L. and I have been visiting a few studios. There is something to be said when visiting an artist's studio or home. First off, they are amazing! There is so much to look at and admire. And of course when you walk into an artist's space, there's not only her art but the art of many others. It's sacred in a way. Walking into a sacred space with living, breathing art. To look at a piece as it's being created is fascinating. And it's easy to let your eyes get lost in the myriad storage of colorful fabric, yarn, beads, and materials.

I'm very thankful to all of the Undomesticated artits Rebecca, Jennifer, Emily, Christy, Christine, Sara, Giorgianne, and Shannon. You have been wonderful to work with and I enjoyed the meetings, visits, and especially your enthusiasm and passion for your art. We are honored to show your work in our gallery and we look forward to many more visits...

~ Linda

Mar 2, 2010


March 19 - April 11, 2010
Works by Linda Ayala, Rebecca Cross, Emily Felderman, Christy Gray, Stephanie Lipscomb, Christine Mauersberger, Shannon Okey, Sara Rabinowitz, Giorgianne Wanous, and Jennifer Whitten.
Curated by Stephanie Lipscomb & Linda Ayala

Opens with an Artists' Reception on Friday, March 19th 6pm-11pm
Also open Saturday, March 20th 12pm-6pm and Sunday, March 21st 12pm-5pm
And by appointment March 22 through April 11

In celebration of Women's History Month and National Craft Month, this exhibition shares the work of ten artists who knit, sew, weave, embroider, bead, and crochet. These crafts were long considered to e traditional, domestic, and "women's work" that many women were expected to learn. For generations these beautiful techniques were passed down with the main intent of taking care of family and filling a home. We knitted and sewed items to clothe our families. We wove, embroidered, and crocheted to fill our homes with intricacy and love. In Undomesticated, we honor this heritage through modern interpretations of necessity-driven set of skills as a means of artistic expression.