Each package contains 12 blank note cards with matching blue envelopes representing the complete "Transition" series first exhibited at Snydeman-Works Gallery in Philadelphia. The artist, Karin Birch, incorporates detailed hand embroidery, hand stitched beadwork and acrylic paint to create mixed media paintings that pay homage to hand work and personal vision.
The front of each card is a detail of a different piece in the series, highlighting the intricate stitching and beadwork. On the back is a view of the whole image.
$14 a package plus $2 shipping & MD sales tax for MD residents
To order please contact Karin at KarinBirch@gmail.com
The act of hand stitching thread and beads is a slow and repetitive process that affords the space for uninterrupted thought. The act of painting is spontaneous, in the moment, physical movement. Combining these two opposite states gives form to endless exploration in to the mystery of being. I work intuitively, mining personal experiences, energy, movement, nature and the occasional external interruptions of politics. I use this medium of minutiae as a practice for connecting with the vastness.
Karin Birch has been working in the medium of Fiber since 1988. Recent solo shows include, “Advance & Retreat” 2007, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington DE and “Transitions” 2005, Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia PA. In 2007 the American Craft Council selected her as a Searchlight Artist.
Edward J. Sozanski of the Philadelphia Inquire describes her work as “Lyrical fabric panels that…combine the disciplined detail of stitchery and beadwork with the fluid improvisation of painting to achieve exquisite synthesis. Birch marries these two contrasting techniques so skillfully that she has effectively created a new medium.” Michael O’Sullivan of the Washington Post describes her work as “… gorgeous mixed-media “paintings”…”.
Recent group shows include “Pricked: Extreme Embroidery” 2007/2008, Museum of Arts & Design , NYC, “International Fiber Biennial” 2006 & 2008, Syderman–Works Gallery, Philadelphia PA, “Fiber-A New World View” 2005, the National Gallery of Craft Council of Ireland, Killkenny Ireland, and “State of the Arts”, 2005 Arlington Arts Center, Arlington Virginia. Work has been exhibited in American Embassies in Brunei, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Burundi. Karin Birch’s work is in the permanent collection of the United States Embassy in Tashkent Uzbekistan, the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. She is a 2003 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artists Award and is published in “Design Book 5, 6 & 7” an International survey of contemporary Fiber Art.