Certainly it comes as no surprise to any of you that there are some fantastically amazing and talented women out there (of which you are one!), but I just discovered the works of a couple I thought I'd share.
Orly Cogan is an artist who does both drawing and embroidery, but I am most fascinated by her embroidered work. Much of her embroidered work begins as vintage embroidery that she "modernizes". The themes are largely gender-based and often sexual (venturing into the perverted), but I find them really interesting and thought provoking. Her work is included in an exhibit at the Moore Space in Miami called "Hanging by a Thread", which includes weaving, quilting, and papier-mache. Anyone out there in Miami? Here's a sample of Cogan's embroidery:
Andrea Zittel is a fascinating woman who creates her own "Designs for Living", including experimentation with furniture and clothing. She currently lives out in the Mojave Desert at her "test site" where she lives in relatively primitive conditions. I love her "A-Z Personal Uniforms" made of felted wool:
These women are, admittedly, crafting in the academic and theoretical spheres, but I always find it interesting to see how artists are pushing the boundaries of "craft".