Have I saved the best for last? I love hand stitching, and am always happy to see plenty of it in a fiber art show.
The warm background tones were put on with dye and fabric paint; the line drawings are stitched. I love the jittery line of the stitching, making wonky pitcher and glasses. I love the doodles at right and left, mystery marks that we don't understand, and the lettering at center that requires decipherment. Not sure why the artist has let the text disintegrate; perhaps the speaker doesn't really want to share that sangria...
(I've seen several of her huge profile heads in various shows over the last few years) she pulls a new technique out of the hat. This is a whole cloth quilt, the design entirely applied with long hand stitches in heavier cotton and wool -- yes, even the roses, thorns and owl on the outer panels. Hard to say if I like it better up close than from farther away; the imagery is subtle from afar and exciting in close-up.
Meissner is well known for working with old textiles; here she started with an unfinished needlepoint panel and extended it into a large quilt with a timeless motto. As a lover of repurposing beat-up and abandoned textiles myself, I thrill to this piece.
I'm a little confused about the cranky cri de coeur; is she addressing the original stitcher who left this pathetic UFO for somebody else to rescue? Or is she addressing her husband and kids or sloppy officemates? Despite the ambiguity, or perhaps because of it, maybe this is my favorite piece in the whole show.
The show, sponsored by the Surface Design Association, continues at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn NY through August 21.