Gone Viral: Medical Science and Contemporary Textile Art

Gone Viral

Each living creature must be looked at as a microcosm--a little universe, formed of a host of self-propagating organisms,
inconceivably minute and as numerous as the stars in heaven.  --  Charles Darwin

This spring my art was exhibited in Gone Viral: Medical Science and Contemporary Textile Art at the Casie and Jesse
Marion Gallery at SUNY's Rockefeller Art Center in Fredonia, NY.  Curated by Dr. Leese Rittlemann, the exhibition explored 
the intersections of art with medical inquiry.  Participating artists included Sonya Clark, Laura Splan, Anna DumitriuPaddy
Hartley and myself.  

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it's in the details: Deng Hao

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 Deng Hao is an extraordinary designer from China.  Her combination of beading with fabrics created on
digital fabric printer is inspiring.  Look at those gorgeous details of gothic European stained glass printed on silk!
Though this designer is incredibly well-known in Southeast Asia, there is relatively little written about her in English.   Checkout the blog Monster ate my Couture for a bit more information.  

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As featured on LIVE at CHA Winter 2013 - Knitted Shell and Ombré Skirt


©2013 Lindsay Obermeyer Live at CHA Knit Shell ©2013 Lindsay Obermeyer Live at CHA knit shell
Mary Lawrie and I created one of the garments Elena Lai Etcheverry wore for Charity Wings' LIVE at CHA.  During the event, Elena interviews designers and companies about their new projects and products live online. Viewers get sneak peeks and can purchase raffle tickets for fantastic giveaways.  All money earned goes to charity.  It is really an amazing win-win for all involved.  

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CHA Summer 2012, my booth

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer CHA Summer 2012 booth

"Patience is the ability to count down before you blast off."  - Author Unknown

I'm slowly making progress.  It's taken 4 shows to finally get a handle on how to develop a collection of ideas that fully show off my range of skills and ideas.  This is my table display at the CHA Summer 2012 Designer Showcase.  I decided to go for a theme, specifically DIY wedding.  

I had so much fun making everything, especially all the work with paper as my diecutter is a rather recent acquisition (ie - toy). I used it to cut out hundreds of paper flowers that I then snipped, bent and twirled into scores of flowers for the initials in the background. I considered different letters "I do," "We do" "Love" etc, but I settled on my own initials to advertise my business, LBO Studio, while also giving the impression that they are the monogram of a newly married couple.   

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer my CHA Summer 2012 Designer Showcase
There is a beaded bridal headpiece with matching groom's boutonnière and bridesmaid barrette. The French beaded daisy bridal bouquet is gorgeous and a great momento of the big day.  The flowers are among the easiest to make, so a great project for those just learning the art.  

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer CHA Summer 2012 booth

I carried the beaded flowers onto embellished boxes for the safe keeping of wedding notes and cards.  As I grew up with cornucopias as table top favors filled with candies and nuts, it was a nostalgic trip for me to make my own versions for the display.

I start several months in advance of the show researching trends and thinking about what resonates with me and my design sensibilities.  The hardest part is settling on one concept and then carrying it through different mediums.  I want to do everything, but have learned that without a bit of editing, I tend to confuse folks.  Feedback has been that editors aren't sure how to market me and my work. Thankfully, that's no longer a problem.  I am finding my niche.  To anyone wanting to enter this business, I have to say - be true to yourself, be patient, and keep making!  

getting ready

Lindsay Obermeyer , LBO Studio, Trade Show Booth ©2011 Rebeca Mojica

My studio looks like a tornado has ripped through it.  Fabric, beads and mini pompoms are everywhere.  I'm getting ready for the Craft & Hobby Association's summer trade show which comes to the Chicago region in just a few weeks.  ACK!  Every morning I wake up with a list of things to accomplish and by nightfall the list has gotten longer.  How does that happen?  It equals the mystery of the Washing Machine Sock Monster.

I admit to having Multiple Idea Disorder, also known as MID.  I get an idea.  I sketch it out.  If it seems feasible, I act upon it.  Then I get another idea....  In short order, I have a 1/2 dozen or so projects going on my craft table.  The challenge is to finish them before skipping off to start yet another new project.  

I know it will all come together, if only because the deadline is looming.  That's me in my booth at the January show. I look so calm and serene.  Ha!  I had about 5 hours of sleep in me, but a little red lipstick, an IV coffee drip and I was good to go.  

Thank you Rebeca of Blue Buddha Boutique for the image!

Stitched Science

©2004 Lindsay Obermeyer Ovum 2  photo credit Larry Sanders
Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him

and calls the adventure Science.  -- Edwin Powell Hubble

Stitched Science, a two day science and fiber art festival is this weekend at the Science Museum, London.  In addition to the exhibition, there will be tons of kid friendly projects, like knitting i-cord to add to the giant fuzzy Jupiter or Martians to knit for Mars.  

Folks from around the world have contributed knitted, crocheted, embroidered, quilted replicas. My piece Ovum II (above) is part of the extravaganza.    I love Sami Teasdale's "Golden Hope" made from a radiotherapy mask and Liberty fabric.


Organized by Stitch London, you must check out the rest of the collection.  There is everything from water molecules to submarines.




©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Membrane photo credit Larry Sanders.

"Painting is the art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic."

 -- Henry Louis Mencken

Membrane.  A thin fold of skin or tissue covering a limb or organ.  It derives from the Latin word membrana meaning parchment.  

New work from my Micro Pattern series.  I love working with this circular paper.  It's shape mimics the beaded pieces from my Chirurgi series.  

©2006 Lindsay Obermeyer Leucocyte V photo credit Larry Sanders
The paper itself has some sizing, but not enough to remain perfectly flat once wet.  As a result, it takes on a slight three dimensional quality, reminiscent of relief, which makes me love working with it all the more. 

garden inspiration

"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses." -- Hanna Rion

The garden has long been a source of my inspiration.  There is the act of gardening which helps to clear the mind while exercising the body after hours working in the studio.  And then there are its many forms and colors.  I often reference it in my hats, such as this beanie called Lee.

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Lee Beanie

My Visions of Paradise series was all about the garden which you can see in this piece from 1988 called The Enchanted Forest.

The Enchanted Forest
These days its wild flowers that inspire my work such this sunflower from my latest series A Glass Prairie.  

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Sunflower photo by Larry Sanders

Of course, every gardener must have a helper.  Mine is a dog.  She digs holes for me, "trims" plants by tearing off leaves and supervises from my lap as I pull weeds.  Josie's shenanigans frequently force me to get on her level and take a closer look.  Here she's sitting in the herb garden among the lavender and boxwoods.  I had to keep shooing her off the thyme which she decided made a most comfy cushion.


Streeterville Artisan Market 2010

The Streeterville Artisan Market is this weekend, opening at 4 this afternoon.  Check out the Magnificent Mile Parade of Lights on Saturday and then walk over to complete some holiday shopping.  I'll be there with my Enjolive line of whimsical knit accessories and herbal sachets (based on my Gam's recipes).  I will also have a few works from my Visions of Paradise and Chirurgi series available for purchase.  

Purple FieldPurple Field, 1991, bead embroidery, 16" x 9.75", photo credit: John Phelan

Purple Field is one of my earlier works.  It's based on the famed fields of lavender in southern France.  The piece has been on exhibition throughout the United States and Colombia and has been featured in both Fiberarts and American Craft

Hope to see you!


©2006 Lindsay Obermeyer femur make 2
"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday."  --  Don Marquis

I've been cleaning.  Cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning.  The positive side to having had 4" of sewage backup into my basement is that I have no choice.  I can't procrastinate.  If I procrastinate, I have no office and no studio.  Cleaning isn't an option, especially as the contractor is finally here to work.   

You can only imagine the stuff I've accumulated over the years.  I still had floppies lurking in every corner of my office.  In my defense, the IRS required I hang onto them for seven years.  Okay, so I sold my yarn store 10 years ago.  I consider myself cautious.  Anyway, today I shipped them off to a recycling center in California that will erase the data and package them for reuse.  Who buys them?  I don't know, but at least these towers of plastic aren't in my house and won't end up in a landfill.  

Now I'm tackling the stack of unlabeled CD's.  I found one buried in the pile that Sam B, a former studio assistant, sent.

©2006 Lindsay Obermeyer femurmake1

It shows the progress of my piece Femur, which is now part of the collection at the Jewish Health Foundation in Pittsburgh, PA. 

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I'm not only labeling the unknown CD's, I'm organizing them in a file box.  Watch out Martha Stewart!  Lindsay is in a cleaning, sorting, tossing, donating kind of mood!