Decoding contemporary art and hand-crafting matters.

Article In BuzzFeed Today!

Article In BuzzFeed Today!

Hey! My photo essay (with captions) covering the 2013 Craft & Hobby Association Winter Conference & Trade Show dropped in today’s BuzzFeed Shift section. Woot! It was fun to do – time-consuming, but fun.

Photo by Stephanie Garrison. Image taken at the Pebbles Inc. booth during CHA2013 in Anaheim, CA.


Paper Cutting Artistry.

Paper Cutting Artistry.

This was hanging down from the ceiling at some store waaay back in 2007 (I think it was Target, but I can’t remember). I love paper cutting artistry.

Photo by Stephanie Garrison.

“You Can Have Anything You Want In Life If You Dress For It.”

This insight is courtesy of Edith Head, famed Hollywood costume designer to the stars. Over 1,000 screen credits, winner of 8 Oscars.

She supervised costumes for 47 films in 1940 alone, giving fresh meaning to “multi-tasking” at work. Reading up about her, she was a controversial figure in her profession; regardless, she is remembered to this day.

Decorative Stitching Detail.

Decorative Stitching Detail.

I took this close-up (among many others) to capture the technique of stitching over specialized yarn with decorative sewing machine thread. Not a difficult skill, but time consuming.

Photo by Stephanie Garrison.

The National NeedleArts 2013 Winter Trade Show

Adding to my calendar: the National NeedleArts 2013 Winter Trade Show, taking place February 2 to 4 in Long Beach, CA at the Convention Center. The education for this conference started on January 31, however.

Why some people blow off the educational seminars at conferences, I’ll never know. Many organizations do feature the ability to get footage of speakers (usually available after the event, for a fee), but why not attend a session? You’ll meet other industry professionals with like-minded concerns, which is almost like targeted dating for the business set. It hooks you up with people you’re more likely to be interested in. Saves time.



The Disneyland Fireworks in Anaheim, CA. Seen from a distance.

Photo taken by Stephanie Garison in Anaheim, CA.

Paris Theme Craft Detail


Just a little bit of Eiffel imagery.

Photo taken by Stephanie Garrison @CHA Anaheim 2013.

Rows of Possibility

Rows of Possibility

I get inspired just looking at thread. Don’t judge!

Photo taken by Stephanie Garrison.

A Succint Meditation on Power

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

This quote, attributed to Abraham Lincoln, kind of explains why I have never found fulfillment working in a traditional office setting. Most of us are capable of it, but if you have an artistic nature, it doesn’t usually gel with our personality or temperament.

That’s probably why employees try to express their individuality with renegade cubicle decor (…0.0…1ac.1.fytAWbTzXFI#hl=en&tbo=d&site=imghp&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=cubicle+decoration+ideas&oq=cubicle+decorat&gs_l=img.1.2.0l10.25476.26005.0.28194.…0.0…1c.1.sSHlFHULPug&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.41524429,d.b2I&fp=e200120e98f4ec01&biw=1576&bih=821).

Freelancing has always worked out better for me: I can work on projects that are of personal interest, that matter or have some intrinsic value. Sometimes it’s financially rewarding, sometimes not.

This article in Yahoo news only confirms that, for me, I made the right choice: (

“Be You.”

Happy crafting artwork at the Canvas Corp Booth earlier this month @CHA2013 in Anaheim, CA.

Photo taken by Stephanie Garrison.

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