Dorothy Saxe Invitational
Contemporary Jewish Museum
San Francisco, California
At the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the theme for the tenth iteration of the Dorothy Saxe Invitational is the tzedakah box, an item I remember from my Hebrew School days. I decided to put a socio-political spin on the subject with my paper bag-shaped thread and money piece entitled Dark Money.
AWARD: I am very pleased to report that Dark Money received the Honorable Mention Award.
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ART MADE FROM BOOKS
My work is featured in Art Made from Books, a newly released title from Chronicle Books. Expertly edited by Laura Heyenga, this beautifully designed book features the work of twenty-seven artists who use books as the raw material for their work.
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Commission for the Palo Alto Medical Center
Los Gatos, California
My latest commission, Cordifolia, for the Palo Alto Medical Center in Los Gatos, is made out of paperback book covers and wire. It was fun to work with vibrant colors and make a playful, light-hearted piece. I love seeing my work in public spaces, especially healthcare settings where people from all walks of life can view and enjoy the work.
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Commission for The New York Times,
I am very pleased to announce that I was commissioned by T Magazine, the style magazine of The New York Times, for their 10-year anniversary issue on October 19, 2014. The New York Times asked fifteen writers to contribute to an exquisite corpse story and asked me to create a sewn photo collage to accompany the story. The commission includes photos of all fifteen writers and is based on my photo piece Trophy →
Thread Workshops Summer, 2015
One Day Workshop
Sunday, July 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fee $145 (plus $15 for supplies)
Back by popular demand!
Thread as a drawing element and form of embellishment will be the focus this workshop. We will explore the use of stabilizers to make thread drawings, lace- and web-like structures and as a connection with other elements like found paper, book pages and fabric. Both hand- and machine-sewing will be encouraged as we explore the expressiveness and fragility of this most intriguing of materials. Beginners are always welcome! No previous art-making experience required.
As of June 12 there are only three spots left!
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In the Studio
Textiles are in Lisa Kokin's blood. Her parents were upholsterers, and she uses the techniques of sewing and book arts to create detailed, thoughtful work that often transforms found objects and words. For the exhibition Do Not Destroy, she created the piece Fauxliage: No Birds Sing which transformed Rachel Carson's landmark environmental book Silent Spring into delicate and quite convincing leaf forms, a reference to the anti-pesticide message therein.