Ann Cofta finds details in the small: she sews her embroidered art entirely by hand, a slow and deliberate process that allows her to map out the entirety of a Brooklyn water tower or bridge in one small fabric. As a long-time New Yorker, she’s had years to soak in these architecture’s details and dispense them in her work. Ann is also no stranger to local art shows — she’ll be featured at Greenpoint Open Studios come June 2–3 — and below she shares her experience traveling the world, translating cityscapes into fabric, and finding an embroidery community in Brooklyn.
Greenpointers: How long have you lived in New York? Do you work or live in the neighborhood?
Ann Cofta: I’ve lived in New York for 22 years; I live nearby in Woodside (Queens), so I am able to walk to my art studio in Greenpoint. I taught in Brooklyn for 16 years and only recently took a job in Manhattan.
GP: We don’t come across many embroiderers as our local artists; I wonder if you’ve found a community of those artists here?
AC: When there are open studios, exhibits, or other art events, I always seek out artists who work with fabric and embroidery. I am energized by the innovative work I see. I feel as though textile work is becoming a greater presence in the art world, in both galleries and museums. I am not aware of an established community of embroiderers in Brooklyn. However, Brooklyn Craft Company in Greenpoint, and the Textile Art Center in Gowanus, both offer classes. I recently joined the Textile Study Group of New York, which is a national organization that hosts monthly talks and occasional group shows. Continue reading →
When you want to feel a little magical but totally bad ass, you need to turn to Beast or God. This Greenpoint-based creator, Robert Pappadeas, is inspired by the mystical. His pieces have a dark quality but they’re also not afraid of a little humor like the quirky but spooky little ghost pins.
Read on for more complex and punchy pins, patches, and embroidery fit for any witch or aesthete.
Hello, Greenpoint! Are you reading this on your cell phone while waiting for the G train? Me too. What better way to get your daily dose of colorful, fun, and cool things than from fellow Greenpointers who are spreading the creativity. Check back here and on our Instagram @Greenpointers for more artist & designer spotlights. Artists of the world, unite!
@ThatShannon: Since 2012, Shannon has been working as a freelance designer & illustrator with companies all over the country (including Modcloth) from her design studio in Greenpoint. She specializes in printed graphics, embroidery & appliques, and patterns & textiles. Her Instagram is a colorful medley of her latest, vintage-inspired creations and the adventures of her dog, Franny.
Erin Flanagan Lind of Harp & Thistle Stitchery, a featured Holiday Market vendor, makes Punch Needle Embroidery, an ancient rug-hooking technique that she has shrunken down into a painstakingly and meticulous process in order to make christmas ornaments, watches, wall hangings, wearable art, and accessories. She says that “each tiny loop is hand punched with love.”
All this homemade gift giving in the air, so I decided to embroider a holiday message for all of you awesome readers! I’m not that good, yet, but it’s the thought that counts. Thanks for being the best and supporting the website. Have a great holiday! I hope you get to relax and have a fun and exciting New Years! There is so much to look forward to, I can’t wait to tell you all the good news!
Greenpointer Brett Bara, who is a New York-based author, TV host, blogger and designer who specializes in crafts, desserts, and DIY decor is offering a limited edition of small-scale stitchery classes in her Greenpoint home studio (a.k.a. the crafty clubhouse) starting next week. And she is offering a 10% discount to Greenpointers readers!
Learn to knit, embroider and crochet. The 2 hour long classes are beginner level, and will also have yummy homemade snacks and wine!