Sunday, June 26, 2011

Prick of the Spindle

The new issue of Prick of the Spindle is up.

It's an amazing online magazine that offers everything: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, reviews, interviews, and even drama and short film.

And what about that brave name? Re: internet search engines and annoying innuendo thanks to annoying behavior of politicians, etc. I prefer the fairy tale connotation, the magic implied, plus the possibility of fiber art spun from handmade thread!

What you see here is fiber art by Pat Kroth, a piece called Inside Out that reminded my husband (when we saw it at the Dittmar Gallery on Friday) of the colors and interior views of the body in the Body Worlds we saw recently exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. If you click Pat's name, you can see the piece in great detail--the yarn, threads, the hint of tulle.

The gallery was indeed a magical place, with all these amazing colorful pieces on the walls and panels of sheer fabric collages hanging from the ceiling. Some pieces are draped or shaped on wall or floor, somehow caught in flow!

I was thrilled that recent pieces incorporate protests on behalf of public workers in Wisconsin!--a piece that sews in post-it notes, like the ones protesters stuck on the door of the capitol building in Madison. Another with the message "Workers unite," sewn in subtly around the border.

And speaking of magic and asserting the rights of the individual human...and returning to Prick of the Spindle, I hope you will take a look at these two reviews, of

Tongue by Rachel Contreni Flynn

and

Every Dress a Decision by Elizabeth Austen

7 comments:

Maureen said...

Pat Kroth's work is wonderful.

Thank you for the heads up on Prick of the Spindle, a journal I wasn't familiar with; looks like a great issue.

Hannah Stephenson said...

What fantastic reviews...really helpful in getting to know these collections. Thanks for sharing them, Kathleen!

Kathleen said...

Happy to spread the word about...the Spindle!!

seana said...

What a gorgeous piece of art. And the magazine looks worth getting to as well.

Kathleen said...

Thanks, Seana. I am happy to write reviews for Prick of the Spindle.

Cathy said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I got a trial subscription on my Kindle to check it out, using "prick" as the keyword to find it, which did indeed turn up all kinds of interesting stuff.

Kathleen said...

Isn't it just free online?