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Guest Curator: Sabrina Gschwandtner of KnitKnit handmade and vintage goods

This week’s Guest Curator is artist, writer and curator Sabrina Gschwandtner. Sabrina’s work bridges the fields of conceptual art, handcraft, activism and social history. Her book KnitKnit: Profiles and Project’s from Knitting’s New Wave was published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang in 2007; the audio version was just published by Knitting Out Loud. Sabrina served as Artist Consultant for the Museum of Arts and Design’s “Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting” exhibition, and is currently an artist-in-residence on the 6th floor of the museum’s new building on Columbus Circle in New York. Visit her there from 11am to 6pm any Thursday between now and April 23rd, 2009.

I’ve been interested in the intersection of fine art and traditional handcraft since I started my ‘zine KnitKnit in 2002. Here are my picks for supporting, living with, wearing, using and making great stuff!

Handmade Nation Sublime Stitching Embroidery Pattern

Faythe Levine turned her life upside down to make a documentary about the indie craft movement. I supported her film, Handmade Nation, by buying this embroidery pattern. By indiecraftmovie, $4.50.

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Color Study 308

I’m a huge admirer of Sherri Wood’s quilt work. I hope to take one of her improvisational quilting workshops one day, or maybe commission her to make something from the boxes of old clothes and family fabric remnants I’ve been holding onto. By Daintytime, $1400.

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Antique Black Glass Buttons Floral Design Marcasite Style Edging and Back Molded Glass Shank

I’m always looking for unusual buttons to use in craft projects. By SalvageNation, $18.25.

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Artist Canvas Zipper Pouch

This canvas pouch is perfect for storing crochet hooks. By callieco, $15.

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sailor boy 90 yds 5.8 oz

I recently took up spinning and it’s HARD. I have new respect for artisans like Island Sweet, a painter who I imagine spins while looking at the Atlantic Ocean from her cabin in Newfoundland.  By islandsweet, $40.

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Reclaimed Cloth Linen Napkin with Hand Embroidery

This embroidered handwork by Karen Ruane reminds me of Louise Bourgeois’ fabric on fabric book Ode a l’Oubli. By contemporarystitches, $28.

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Horizontal Letterpress Frame Mat in Water

I fell in love with Sycamore Street Press’s letterpress mats when I saw them at the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn last summer. My husband and I bought two to use for our favorite wedding photos. By sycamorestreetpress, $15.

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Practice Kindness 6 Dollar Gocco

Some of Lisa Congdon’s work makes me sing Linda Perhacs songs in my head. I like the idea of buying this card and giving it to people who need a reminder. Is that passive aggressive? I live in New York City and people are constantly pushing me on their way to get somewhere really fast. By lisacongdon, $6.

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annie hall hat

I love how this ‘70s style crocheted hat by Cal Patch of Hodge Podge Farm keeps the winter sun – or paparazzi flash bulbs – out of your eyes. By hodgepodgefarm, $68.

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New Crochet NAME Doily with 2 Rows of Letters up to 12 Letters

I wrote a book on knitters, but I’m also really into crochet. This mom will crochet your name, or your name + someone else’s name into a cream-colored doily! By crochetingbyrose, $28.

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Visit Sabrina Gschwandtner at these upcoming events:

KnitKnit Audio Book event
10am, February 20, 2009
Brooklyn General Store
128 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Knitting Out Loud audiobook authors Sabrina Gschwandtner and Lela Nargi will discuss their books with publisher Kathy Goldner.

KnitKnit Audio Book event
Noon – 2pm, February 21, 2009
Knitty City
208 W. 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Knitting Out Loud audiobook authors Sabrina Gschwandtner and Lela Nargi will discuss their books with publisher Kathy Goldner.

“New Directions: Fiber Arts” Panel Discussion
2:30 – 4pm, February 21, 2009
The Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
Join artists Norma Minkowitz, Suzanne Tick, and Grethe Wittrock for presentations of their current work and a conversation about new directions in the fiber arts lead by fiber, film, and performance artist Sabrina Gshwandtner.

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