Sunday, May 20, 2012

Emily Felderman: Re-purpused scissors and gears

Emily Felderman

Shaker Hts, OH USA

7 .5" x 4.5"
Private Collection

When I think of exquisite stitching, Emily Felderman's work is at the top of my list. I posted about her in 2010, showing you her small heavily stitched landscapes and leaves. 

Here, she has pushed her work quite literally in to the work-objects of life. 
Each of us has a favorite pair of scissors whether it is to snip threads or cut into fabric, to cut flower stems or to cut wire, no doubt, all of us have held a pair of metal scissors with the assured knowledge that this tool will do it's job. 

Emily has taken these long-loved tools and changed their purpose and made them an object of desire and memory. 

Do you still have your mother's or grandmothers' small embroidery scissors? 
3.5" x 1.75"
Private Collection

Or a pair of kitchen shears?
   8.25" x 3"
She has placed her stitches into the negative space in the small metal gears that her grandfather's tool box gave up.


Please spend time on Emily's website to explore her work here.

The artwork of Emily Felderman is included in the Small Show  at the Heights Art Gallery in Cleveland Heights, Ohio through June 2, 2012.
Emily said that she was hard-pressed to determine how to display the artwork. 
I like how she solved this problem. 
Bug Eyes
8" x 2.5

Bug Eyes as it was installed in the gallery

Emily's work at Heights Art Gallery, Cleveland, OH

Let me know what you think of Em's work.
I cannot think of a better way to retire our most beloved scissors, can you?


  1. They are amazing - the perfect frames for her delicate work. Thanks for the post.

    1. Martha, I agree and am glad you appreciate Emily's work.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous work, Christine. Emily has come up with one of those ideas that one wishes one came up with themselves! I'd love to see these in person some day....I'm sure the detail is exquisite.

    1. Isn't that so true? Her creativity just slays me!

  3. I just love these! I have my grandmother's Wiss pinking shears somewhere. Now I'm thinking that I have to dig them up and find a way to display them. Thanks for the link to her web site, too.

  4. such fun, and fine little stitches

  5. Emily is a pro. I bought some of her work for University Hospitals when I worked as the assistant to the curator there in Cleveland Ohio.

  6. Wonderful! I love the integration of surfaces...metal and fiber, hard and soft, machined and hand-worked. Thanks for posting Emily's fabulous work.

  7. wow, i love the combo of the old with the new, soft and hard edge.

    1. Don't you think it's the sort of thing that you wonder why you haven't thought of it yourself? It's sharp. (pun intended)

  8. beautiful work! it relates to these 3 "Things That Howl"
    that are currently in "The Improbable Object" a solo exhbition by the amazing Australian sculptor Anita Larkin at Defiance Gallery

    1. Wow Mo, your work is fabulous and directly related to Em's work. Well done!


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