Sherry Davis Kleinman
Pacific Palisades, California
1. What kind of challenges did this theme present to you? I found the theme a challenging one to settle on an idea. Thinking about the act of “making marks” as the basis for my art, I followed that path to create my Sampler Reimagined. Historically needlework samplers were created by girls and women to learn and express themselves. I wanted to create a 21st century sampler using alternate materials (recycled black out curtains) and making untraditional marks with traditional hand stitches to create a personal piece of art.
2. Describe your studio space? My studio is on the ground floor of my home with a big window looking onto the street, formerly a bedroom for my oldest daughter. I do use other spaces in the house (mainly my dining room) for cutting and ironing. Being empty nesters, my husband and I do fill up any empty spaces with our current past-times. Lucky us!
4. Do you ever work in a series? If so, what benefits or challenges does this present to you as an artist? Yes working in a series is a benefit to me creatively; one project builds upon the previous one. I have created series that are figurative and bird related in recent years. Currently I am exploring creating pieced and stitched canvas, abstract painting, and leaving exposed seamed edges on the RIGHT side. My Sampler Reimagined is the 3rd in my series.
5. What other activities do you engage in that “feed” your creative energy? I read blogs (textile, art, sculpture—really anything art related) and visit galleries and museums. My 3 adult daughters are all artists and we often inspire each other’s passions, a cross pollination of sorts. I am part of a textile group who meet monthly for “show and tell” and lunch in each other’s homes.