Salley Mavor creates 3-dimensional works of art that tell stories with needlework and found objects. She embroiders, wraps, embellishes and paints different materials and then hand stitches them together.
Salley’s book of nursery rhymes, Pocketful of Posies, is one of my family’s favorite books.
Her pieces are presented as tableaux in bas-relief, with scenery, props, and characters assembled on a fabric background in shadow box frames. Salley lives and works in her home studio in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
If you’re not familiar with Salley’s work, her video, Rabbitat, is a wonderful introduction.
Mimi Kirchner makes fine art fabric toys. Inspired by classic children’s tales and the Americana style embodied by sailors, lumberjacks, and circus performers, each piece is meticulously crafted with hand-embroidery and applique details, using a variety of materials including reclaimed clothing, vintage, and new fabrics.
Mimi’s artwork is seen and sold around the world. Her works have also been licensed for children’s toys for Land of Nod, Christmas ornaments for West Elm, and have been featured in many books and magazines. Mimi lives and works in her home studio in Arlington, Massachusetts.
Mimi and Salley are old friends. Here’s Mimi visiting Salley’s studio, showing her latest licensed dolls in the Land of Nod catalog.
Salley and Mimi have been friends for decades and it was so wonderful to have them on the show together to talk about their careers as textile artists.
If you’re not familiar with Mimi’s work, her Etsy Handmade Portrait is a wonderful introduction.
During our talk, Salley refers to:
- The Way Home, and the many other books she’s illustrated
- this post in which she describes how she determines which projects become patterns and which don’t
Mimi refers to:
- Sign of the Dove, an artists cooperative in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she and Salley first met
- her PDF patterns available in her Etsy shop
- her ornaments with West Elm and dolls produced by Land of Nod
And, of course, I ask Salley and Mimi to recommend great stuff they’re enjoying right now.
- Kirsty Elson
- A Child’s Dream Come True (including this special basket providing all of the materials needed to make the projects in her Wee Folks book)
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