Final Projects – Reception at CAFAM




Students exhibited the following works:

1.         Maddy Leist

  • Title: How I dress is not an invitation.
  • Statement: This work challenges humanity to consider the persuasive culture of rape, which exists in the United States.
  • Techniques:  embroidery
  • Materials:  cloths and thread



2.         Kira Kishi / Camille Clair

  • Title:  Vitamin Dream
  • Statement: Relationship to objects, creating an atmosphere combing craft with modern surrealistic design, which challenges functionality in craft.
  • Techniques:  multi craft performance
  • Materials:  wire, yarn and fabric


3.         Mia Campbell-Kiyabu / Jessica Kim / Stephanie Hsu / Cynthia Herrera / Tamilika De

  • Title:  Memory Tree
  • Statement:  This work explores the relationship between childhood and adulthood.  The artists ask you to write down one of your favorite childhood memories.
  • Techniques:  sculpture and crochet
  • Materials:  plastic bottles, stuffed animals, and fabric


4.         Charles Gutwirth

  • Title:  Spider Hoop’n
  • Statement:  Inspired by embroidered spider webs I created this piece reflecting on ideas of shifting the reality of everyday life.
  • Techniques:  embroidery
  • Materials:  embroidery hoop, fabric and embroidery floss


  • 5.         Emma Juncosa
  • Title: Impermanence
  • Statement: Flowers die, and the act of pressing them makes them permanent, staying in one form.  They are forever the same, like death.
  • Techniques:  embroidery
  • Materials:  dried pressed flowers, thread

6,         Amy Wong / Noel Baird

  • Title:  Transplant
  • Statement: Inspired by CAFAM exhibition where objects were transplanted into existing environments we will generate collage embroideries, which comment on urban and natural landscapes.
  • Techniques:  photography and embroidery
  • Materials:  photographs, transparencies and embroidery floss


7.         Brittany Smith

  • Title:  Conformity
  • Statement: This work is an expression of the fast paced lifestyle of Americans, and how technology has impacted creativity and communication.
  • Techniques:  crochet and embroidery
  • Materials needed:  muslin, embroidery floss, hoop, needled


8.         Ariana Pacino

  • Title:  Ugly Barbie
  • Statement:  Barbie portrays a unattainable idea of beauty.  In response to this, I created a collection of modified Barbies, depicting everyday women.
  • Techniques:  embroidery, crochet
  • Materials:  yarn, thread and barbies


9.         Pauline Petersen

  • Title:  Boy Scouts are Fags?
  • Statement: This work promotes the inclusion of gays in the boy scouts, vs. the exclusion, which currents exist.
  • Techniques:  weaving, crochet and embroidery
  • Materials:  yarn, embroidery floss and boy scout sash


10.      Vanessa Givens

  • Title:  Taste the Happy
  • Statement: This work is a commentary of eating disorders.
  • Techniques:  embroidery
  • Materials:  embroidery floss an fabric

11.      Masresha Girmachew

  • Title:  Disconnected
  • Statement: self-portrait, exploring my wandering thoughts.
  • Techniques:  sewing and crochet
  • Materials: yarn


12.      Kate Johannesen –

  • Title:  Change! Purse
  • Statement: Society overvalues ownership of cash, credit and capital.  Our lives revolve around money, and we often forget that our world should revolve around our lives, our happiness, our health and each other.
  • Techniques:  Embroidery, appliqué and crochet
  • Materials:  colorful printed fabrics, needle, embroidery floss, yarn and crochet hook.


13.      Chanel Toruno

  • Title:  Create No Assimilate (Chansport)
  • Statement: Knock off of the Jansport backpack, a symbol of the typical American high school student.
  • Techniques:  crochet
  • Materials:  yarn


14.      Kaila Williams

  • Title:  Crafty Decor
  • Statement: Inspired by the work of Olek, my desire was to create a metaphor of dinning wear.
  • Techniques:  weaving and crochet
  • Materials:  yearn


15.      Simone Miller

  • Title:  We All Wear Masks
  • Statement: This work is a critique of how we limit human interaction and empathy towards each other in order to conform and be normal.
  • Techniques:  embroidery, sewing and doll making
  • Materials:  fabric and embroidery floss

16.      Ivelisse Alvarado

  • Title:  Stay Positive
  • Statement:   Honoring the history of dream catchers, i was inspired to make a version reflecting on modern day insecurities.
  • Techniques:  embroidery and crochet
  • Materials:  embroidery hoops / yarn
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17.      Angie Curiel

  • Title:  21 hours feels like forever
  • Statement:  a quarter scale Forever 21 garment made in 21 hours.
  • Techniques:  crochet
  • Materials:  yarn


18.      Alex Cerutti

  • Title:  Proudly Worn
  • Statement: My main goal is to hand make a jacket or hoody, which typically everyone has, that I can proudly wear.
  • Techniques:  sewing, embroidery
  • Materials:  tarp and embroidery floss

19.      Mireya Vasquez

  •  Title:  Just Doing it!
  • Statement: I love music, and in honor of music symbolism I chose to create an embroidery on a musician style t-shirt.
  • Techniques:  embroidery
  • Materials:  t-shirt fabric

Embroidery production




Time flew as the student learned running stitch, back stitch and couching stitch.  These basic stitches will be used to make a stitched protest.




Final Project Presentations

March 22, you will be presenting your project ideas.  Inspired by the techniques we have used, and the artist and concepts you have seen, each student individually or collaboratively will create a final project which will be exhibited at the Craft and Folk Art Museum on April 20.

Include the following details in your project proposal:

  1. 1 paragraph creative statement about what you want to do, and where your inspiration came from.
  2. List of techniques used (one or more from our sampling projects / and you can include other methods you already know too)
  3. A materials list.
  4. A time line for achieving your project.   You will check in with me on Friday April and at this time you should be close to completion of your project.
  5. A few sketches of our idea.
  6. Installation plan.  What materials you will need, how much space, wall or floor.  If you are doing a performance, how will the work be documented and displayed?

During presentation on March 22, we can provide additional support and suggestions to your idea.  If you have questions during the week, please post on the blog and I will respond.



Stitched Protests

Here are some examples of when embroidery became part of a move to transform the relationship of art to society, and the place of women with in it.

Suffragette Banners of the early 1900’s

Sonia Terk Delaunay – textile designer and artist, also did embroidered collage paintings.

Judy Chicago, the Dinner Party.  Combination of embroidery, ceramics and installation commemorating women in history

Contemporary Stitch Protest

Samples of hand embroidered patches with a statement.

Crochet Skin

This Fridays activity is inspired by the crochet wearables made by the artist Olek  Here are some videos to check out too:


Using basic crochet we will attempt to generate a crochet mask!


How to Crochet a beard mask