Our guest blogger and fiber artist extraordinaire, Sarah Hemm, returns to the Library as Incubator Project Blog with an update on her year-long Embroider the Day challenge! Read on to find out what’s been happening in her studio through April:
This month I discovered the book Paul Klee: Painting Music, which struck a chord with me because I’ve played violin for over 20 years. Klee was an accomplished violinist and painter whose music influenced his art.
Along with poetry, which I talked about last month, I’m also heavily inspired by music. I often turn to my local library to discover new music, and to discover books about music, the lives of musicians, and about how visual art and music mix.
This month I checked out several books of lyrics by musicians including Lou Reed and Bob Dylan. John Lennon books are always good reads, especially if they include his artwork. Of course you can always check out CDs from the library, which is something I take advantage of. I listen to a lot of music while I’m stitching – in fact I don’t know how I would get along without it. I’m also interested in how other visual artists have been influenced by music. This month I discovered the book Paul Klee: Painting Music, which struck a chord with me as I’ve played violin for over 20 years. Klee was an accomplished violinist and painter whose music influenced his art. His paintings were structured much like a composer constructs a musical score. Connections such as these intrigue me.
As far as my own work goes, the first week of April I concentrated on small embroidery pieces for jewelry pendants. The rest of the month, I stitched favorite lyrics along with imagery that stemmed from my imagination while listening to music. It can be difficult for artists to come up with unique subject matter. I believe that if you keep learning about what interests you, and incorporate what you learn or are inspired by in your work, it can help your artwork from becoming derivative or dull.
Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board, Sarah Hemm’s Books for Fiber Artists & Crafters, to see all of Sarah’s book recommendations for contemporary fiber artists and crafters– a great resource if you need a little inspiration or are building a craft library of your own.
Pass Thru Fire: The Collected Lyrics by Lou Reed
Lyrics: 1962-2001 by Bob Dylan
In His Own Write by John Lennon
Paul Klee: Painting Music by Hajo Duchting
Celebrating the Stitch: Contemporary Embroidery of North America by Barbara Lee Smith
Complex Cloth: A Comprehensive Guide to Surface Design by Jane Dunnewold
Love Sarah’s work? Check out her Library as Incubator Project features: Featuring: Sarah Hemm, Introducing Guest Blogger Sarah Hemm, Embroider the Day: January, Embroider the Day: February and Embroider the Day: March. You can also follow the Embroider the Day project daily on Sarah’s blog or Facebook page and visit her online at www.sarahhemm.com.
Sarah Hemm is an artist and curator from the Janesville, WI area. She has exhibited her work for over ten years. Sarah previously curated The Eclipse Gallery which she recently closed to focus on her artwork. Currently, Sarah is concentrating on embroidery as a medium. Her love of fiber art developed in college at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. She studied Fiber and Textile Art, along with her major – Gallery/Museum Practices. Sarah is looking forward to opening a studio in the countryside just south of Madison. Her work is available at Hatch Art House in Madison and online.