Small Talk Tag: Textiles

Miniature Masterworks: Pat Hartman

Pat Hartman has been making miniature needlework since she built her first dollhouse in 1977. She takes inspiration from the primitive designs and soft colors of the faded fabrics in antique hooked rugs. She challenges herself to get as much detail in each rug as possible; the more complex the design, the better the challenge.

Hartman is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.

Miniature Masterworks: Patricia Richards

Patricia Richards sews full- and fine-scale seventeenth- and eighteenth-century schoolgirl samplers. She isolates essential elements from the pieces she researches and adapts them to tell a story on a much smaller canvas. Richards has also been fascinated by stumpwork, a seventeenth-century technique involving dimensional embroidery.

Richards is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.

Miniature Masterworks: Annelle Ferguson

Annelle Ferguson learned to needlepoint while creating carpets and needlework accessories for her daughter’s dollhouse. Since 1980, she has been researching historical designs and creating 1:12 scale reproductions. She has collaborated with many other miniature artists to create samplers, seat covers, and panels to be framed or inserted into pole screens.

Ferguson is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017. She will be giving a gallery talk about her work in the T/m collection and the inspiration behind it on September 16 at 10:30am.

Miniature Masterworks: Althea Crome

Althea Crome is a self-taught fiber artist who combined her love of knitting and fascination with miniatures into her career of conceptual miniature knitting. With tiny silk threads and homemade stainless steel needles, she designs and creates original pieces inspired by her love of nature and art.

Crome is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.

Miniature Masterworks: Gail St. Clair

Gail St. Clair was introduced to miniatures on a childhood trip to see Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle in Chicago. She was also taught to crochet by an aunt. She combined the two in the 1990s after receiving a 1:12 scale doll whose clothes she believed she could improve. She now uses a vintage, size 18 crochet hook and 100 weight silk sewing thread for her projects.

St. Clair is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.

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