Category Archives: Textile

The REDEFINE Magazine Arts Blog Has Moved!

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Arbito’s Cosmic Hobos and Schmancy Show With Snaggs!

Arbito’s Cosmic Hobo toy!

Arbito and Snaggs will have a show at Schmancy (1932 2nd Ave, Seattle), this Friday, November 14th, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The husband-wife duo will have new works on display, and one can expect textile arts, paintings, sculptures, and plushes, all bursting with colors!


Of Montreal Blik Surface Graphics? What’s Next?

Of Montreal is a band that has seen success as the result of good music (arguable), but also good marketing (possibly also arguable, but not as much).

First, their music video for “Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games,” featuring cutsy-wootsy pop art animation, garnered wide attention from the web nerds. Then, the same song was used, slightly altered, for a obnoxious yet hypnotic Outback Steakhouse commercial.

And now comes of Montreal’s wonderful new shenanigan for their new album, Skeletal Lamping… Blik Surface Graphics inspired by the album artwork!!

A true of Montreal fan benefits hugely from this offer, as purchasing one $40 set also gives a code to download the whole album digitally. So, after doing the math, if each song is purchased at $0.99 apiece digitally and there are 15 songs, the graphics pretty much only cost $25. Which is not bad at all, especially when one considers that these are these are extremely intricate packages with many pieces.

The David Barnes package (click here to view) has 105 movable and reusable pieces, and the Gemini Tactics package (click here to view has 55 movable and reusable pieces.

Compare that to something like this Lacy Sunday package by Jan Habraken, which only comes with 4 colors in three packages, and you REALLY get an idea of what a good deal this is. If you’re an of Montreal fan.

Or maybe you just like their graphics and want to sell the code for the album download.

Laura Breitman’s Textile Art at UC Davis!

A few months ago, we stumbled across the layered textile works of Margot Lovinger and were blown away by the intricacies in her recreation of the human form using fabrics.

Now another artist with a similar technique but much more detailed subject matter has caught our eyes. A new solo show at the Richard L. Nelson Gallery of UC Davis features the mind-blowing works of Laura Breitman, who similarly collages patterns to create art pieces. The main differences? Breitman’s works are full-blown landscapes, lovingly and painstakingly recreated from photos taken by her husband, Michael Needleman. Also, Breitman uses not only sheer fabrics, but a combination of fabrics and papers, which bring added depth and texture. Her works are not as exacting; they combine the randomness of nature with the randomness of hand-crafted works to create pieces that are organic yet much more artistic than simple landscape drawings.

laura breitman
[Left] Looking Up; [Right] Looking Up Detail View

Breitman’s extraordinarily multi-layered and multi-patterned pieces range in size from 10″ x 10″ to 40″ x 40″. The exhibition will run for ten weeks, from September 25th, 2008 to December 7th, 2008.

The artist will also be holding a demonstration of her collaging process, live at the gallery on November 4th at 4:30pm. The demonstration, which is open to all members of the curious public, is guaranteed to be a learning experience.

First Thursday, Downtown Seattle, May 2008

After going to the THAW Fashion Show in Seattle’s SoDo district this evening and being slightly disappointed, I headed on over to Pioneer Square to the 619 Building. The ever fun 619 Building.

First off, to the 5th floor to the Carry5 show, which took place in my buddy Jen’s space. Carry5 is dedicated to helping people across the world gain access to clean water. For this show, artists were invited to decorate their own water jugs.

PGEE! Not sure why he gets a white water jug, but that is pretty much a good deal.

Keith Noordzy jug has sleeping alligators. Or crocodiles.

Jeff Jacobson‘s oil bucket with… clay items… which represent ____________.

Ego‘s black face of doom.

Aaron Kraten is a Los Angeles artist who we love here at REDEFINE.


What else have we got in the 619 Building?

Amusing portrait photos by Lucien Knuteson.

Chris Sheridan skateboard decks! Click here to read an interview we did with him recently!

Kate Protage‘s contemporary renditions of cityscapes.

Weston Jandacka, photographer and mixed media artist. Solo show called “Within Your Blinking Eye” in the 619 Building, at the Blank Space Gallery. He had many pieces from his Literary Series, which featured a lot of paper collage and paint and old quotes from people like Ralph Waldo Emerson. But personally, I liked his photography best. You can see some samples on his website. Just click on his name.



Kim Lavarello
. Drapes are one of the first things you learn to do in art class, but this piece seems to rehash the age old idea. It comes from a series of similar works by Kim Lavarello, and it quite simply captures both emotion and movement quite excellently.

Robin Harlow is a local mixed media artist from Seattle. She previously had some collage pieces up at Canvas as well, but those were not quite as impressive; they felt a bit incomplete, to say the least. This 3D chess board made out of painted baby doll heads is definitely worth a mention. It’s creepy and leaves people chatting about which kind of baby head is what kind of chess piece. Is there a correlation? Not a freaking clue.

Margot Lovinger
. Second time seeing these pieces at the Canvas Gallery, and they are just as striking the second time as they were the first time. Initially, this piece might just look like some topless chick having the time of her life. But there’s more. IT’S TEXTILE. It is absolutely mind-boggling in real life when you consider how long this must take her. And what does she do to create this? View this detail photo and a pic from her website:

“I begin with a cotton canvas base, to which all the successive layers are sewn. The first layers are usually cottons and silks. In these early layers, I rough out the composition and establish the major shapes and colors of the work. Next, the subtle modulation of color and tone are achieved by the layering of sheer fabrics, such as tulle, netting, organza and chiffon. Each successive layer changes the hue of the layers beneath it, much the way a transparent color wash changes the layers underneath it in watercolor painting. Stitching in cotton, silk, or rayon thread or embroidery floss is added to create texture and define shapes. Finally, each piece is stretched over a wooden frame.” – Margot Lovinger

Oh, and… did I mention? ALL SEWING IS DONE BY HAND…!!! !! !