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Leanne Prain -- Speaking & Signing / Stitch and Bitch

Sunday Oct 02 2011 2:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

A presentation and book signing from the author of Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery (Arsenal Pulp Press) with special guest Takashi Iwasaki.

Hoopla showcases those who take the craft of embroidery where it's never gone before, in an astonishing, full-colour display of embroidered art. Hoopla rebels against the quaint and familiar embroidery motifs of flowers and swashes, and focuses instead on innovative stitch artists who specialize in unusual, guerrilla-style patterns such as needlepoint nipple doilies and a ransom note pillow; it demonstrates that modern embroidery artists are as sharp as the needles with which they work.

Leanne Prain is the co-author (with Mandy Moore) of Yarn Bombing, now in its third printing. She co-founded a stitch and bitch called Knitting and Beer in order to expand her skills while knitting at the pub. A professional graphic designer, Leanne holds degrees in creative writing, art history, and publishing. She lives and knits in Vancouver. Visit her online here.

Winnipeg’s own Takashi Iwasaki, manager and director of Semai Gallery and an accomplished artist whose work spans a wide variety of mediums will also be in attendance discussing his own Hoopla contribution. You can find out more on Takashi by visiting him online here.

Please stick around after Leanne’s presentation as she will be hosting a special stitch and bitch after the book signing.

See:

Hoopla

- Trade paperback

by Leanne Prain - $29.95 - Add to Cart

A Library Journal Best Book of the YearAlcuin Society Book Design Award winner (1st place, reference books)Hoopla, by the co-author of the bestselling Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet & Knit Graffiti, showcases those who take the craft of embroidery where it's never gone before, in an astonishing full-colour display of embroidered art. Hoopla rebels against the quaint and familiar embroidery motifs of flowers and swashes, and focuses instead on innovative stitch artists who specialize on unusual, guerrilla-style patterns such as needlepoint nipple doilies and a ransom note pillow; it demonstrates that modern embroidery artists are as sharp as the needles with which they work.Hoopla includes twenty-eight innovative embroidery patterns and profiles of contemporary embroidery artists including Jenny Hart, author of Sublime Stitching; Rosa Martyn of the UK-based Craftivism Collective; Ray Materson, an ex-con who learned to stitch in prison; Sherry Lynn Wood of the Tattooed Baby Doll Project, which collaborated with female tattoo artists across the US; Penny Nickels and Johnny Murder, the self-described Bonnie and Clyde of Embroidery; and Alexandra Walters, a military wife who replicates military portraits and weapons in her stitching.Full-colour throughout and bursting with history, technique, and sass, Hoopla will teach readers how to stitch a mythical jackalope and mean and dainty knuckle-tattoo church gloves, as well as encourage them to create their own innovative embroidery projects. If you like anarchistic DIY craft and the idea of deviating from the rules, Hoopla will inspire you to wield a needle with flair!

Yarn Bombing

- Trade paperback

by Mandy Moore, Leanne Prain - $21.95 - Add to Cart

Excerpted in The National Post and Geist magazine Featured in The New York Times on The New Yorker's book blog Now in its third printing On city street corners, around telephone posts, through barbed wire fences, and over abandoned cars, a quiet revolution is brewing. "Knit graffiti" is an international guerrilla movement that started underground and is now embraced by crochet and knitting artists of all ages, nationalities, and genders. Its practitioners create stunning works of art out of yarn, then "donate" them to public spaces as part of a covert plan for world yarn domination. Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti is the definitive guidebook to covert textile street art. This full-color DIY book features 20 kick-ass patterns that range from hanging shoes and knitted picture frames to balaclavas and gauntlets, teaching readers how to create fuzzy adornments for lonely street furniture. Along the way, it provides tips on how to be as stealthy as a ninja, demonstrates how to orchestrate a large-scale textile project, and offers revealing information necessary to design your own yarn graffiti tags. The book also includes interviews with members of the international community of textile artists and yarn bombers, and provides resources to help readers join the movement; it's also chock full of beautiful photographs and easy step-by-step instructions for knit and crochet installations and garments. Join the yarn bombing revolution! Includes 20-plus patterns and a foreword by Amy Singer, the editor of Knitty.com For more information, visit the following: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/4305406/Knitters-turn-to-graffiti-artists-with-yarnbombing.html http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/article2156560.ece http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090130.wlyarn30/BNStory/lifeMain/home German-language rights sold to Verlagsgruppe Droemer Knaur