Today on the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we’re talking about stitching and doll making with my guests, Salley Mavor and Mimi Kirchner.

Salley Mavor in her Studio

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.

Pocketful of PosiesSalley’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.

Tattooed DollsThese tattooed dolls have become one of Mimi’s signature pieces.

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.

mimikblogMimi 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:

Mimi refers to:

And, of course, I ask Salley and Mimi to recommend great stuff they’re enjoying right now.

Salley recommends:

Mimi recommends:

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