Inspired by a friend, @IsabelleGarbani for my “Native/ Immigrant City” series. 
"This country is my home and not my home; it welcomes me and it rejects me; I love it and I hate it." 2014. Paint on fabric with stiffener, stuffing, stitching, embroidery. Text by Isabelle - thanks!!

Inspired by a friend, @IsabelleGarbani for my “Native/ Immigrant City” series.

"This country is my home and not my home; it welcomes me and it rejects me; I love it and I hate it." 2014. Paint on fabric with stiffener, stuffing, stitching, embroidery. Text by Isabelle - thanks!!

It’s been a while, but I’m back. Latest aphorism. Woohoo.

It’s been a while, but I’m back. Latest aphorism. Woohoo.

"your heart is a pyramid scheme." 2014. Embroidery, paint, fabric manipulation, cut fabric. 
3” h x 5.5” w x 5.5” d.

"your heart is a pyramid scheme." 2014. Embroidery, paint, fabric manipulation, cut fabric.
3” h x 5.5” w x 5.5” d.

Sometimes, 140 characters just aren’t enough. 

Inspired by my interactions with wonderful poets, artists, craftspeople and humans of all kinds during my @EmbroideryPoems project, I’ve started writing again for writing’s sake. And transferring these texts onto 2- and 3-dimensional surfaces, like the doll and his pool of paint in this image. Time consuming, slow process. Hair pulling. Finger pricking. SLOW. But also somehow satisfying, so I will continue on. More to come!

Thanks to every single person who participated in @EmbroideryPoems.

Sometimes, 140 characters just aren’t enough.

Inspired by my interactions with wonderful poets, artists, craftspeople and humans of all kinds during my @EmbroideryPoems project, I’ve started writing again for writing’s sake. And transferring these texts onto 2- and 3-dimensional surfaces, like the doll and his pool of paint in this image. Time consuming, slow process. Hair pulling. Finger pricking. SLOW. But also somehow satisfying, so I will continue on. More to come!

Thanks to every single person who participated in @EmbroideryPoems.

(what for) poem by Montana Ray. Embroidery on fabric hand-dyed with strawberries; fabric manipulation. 2014. En route to LA for “Stitch Fetish” exhibit curated by Ellen Schinderman.

(what for) poem by Montana Ray. Embroidery on fabric hand-dyed with strawberries; fabric manipulation. 2014. En route to LA for “Stitch Fetish” exhibit curated by Ellen Schinderman.

"(freedom is a trip)"
Poem by Montana Ray. She’s a concrete poet: the visual form of her poems is the poem…
Above is my stuffed and embroidered version of her poem. I slightly changed the shape, but the text is all Montana Ray.
First finished piece of 2014 - thanks, Montana.

"(freedom is a trip)"

Poem by Montana Ray. She’s a concrete poet: the visual form of her poems is the poem…

Above is my stuffed and embroidered version of her poem. I slightly changed the shape, but the text is all Montana Ray.

First finished piece of 2014 - thanks, Montana.

So funny to see this old piece of mine pop up on my Tumblr stream this morning…I remember the occasion that sparked this bit of text. This piece was one of my first extremely intimate embroidered confessions…it came from an email I actually sent and to which I never received a response (hence the ellipses). I remember Muriel of Muriel Guepin Gallery selling it at the Affordable Art Fair - I think in 2009(?). I always wondered about the woman who bought it, and what it meant to her personally.
This is one of those pieces I was both relieved and saddened to part with… Relieved to be rid of the burden of wondering “what if” after a romantic moment with a near stranger, and sad to have the only remaining physical remnant of the moment leave…

So funny to see this old piece of mine pop up on my Tumblr stream this morning…I remember the occasion that sparked this bit of text. This piece was one of my first extremely intimate embroidered confessions…it came from an email I actually sent and to which I never received a response (hence the ellipses). I remember Muriel of Muriel Guepin Gallery selling it at the Affordable Art Fair - I think in 2009(?). I always wondered about the woman who bought it, and what it meant to her personally.

This is one of those pieces I was both relieved and saddened to part with… Relieved to be rid of the burden of wondering “what if” after a romantic moment with a near stranger, and sad to have the only remaining physical remnant of the moment leave…

(Source: euo)

You
make me
feel safe

2013. Embroidery and paint stain on fabric. Iviva Olenick aka @EmbroideryPoems for @EmbroideryPoems.

You

make me

feel safe

2013. Embroidery and paint stain on fabric. Iviva Olenick aka @EmbroideryPoems for @EmbroideryPoems.

I had the pleasure of reconnecting with a very dear high school friend this past week at a poetry reading and reception in honor of my artist residency at Weaving Hand studio, and the culmination of my BAC-sponsored @EmbroideryPoems project. Thanks, Tavi Gonzalez, for the special guest appearance! 

I had the pleasure of reconnecting with a very dear high school friend this past week at a poetry reading and reception in honor of my artist residency at Weaving Hand studio, and the culmination of my BAC-sponsored @EmbroideryPoems project. Thanks, Tavi Gonzalez, for the special guest appearance! 

Monte Olenick, aka #dadknowsbest performing at Weaving Hand on December 19th in honor of my artist residency and @EmbroideryPoems project. Thanks Cynthia Alberto, Weaving Hand and BAC.

Monte Olenick, aka #dadknowsbest performing at Weaving Hand on December 19th in honor of my artist residency and @EmbroideryPoems project. Thanks Cynthia Alberto, Weaving Hand and BAC.