I began creating baskets, bags, and sculptural vessels from raw cotton
rope and colored sewing thread in Early 2010 in my Brooklyn apartment.
After over a year and a half of working with the technique I began
selling them on my webshop in October 2011. The pieces became popular
very quickly, receiving much online coverage in early 2012. The
coverage continued with many features of my work in magazines and
online. Over the course of 2012 I sold my works in over 30 stores in
the US and several other countries around the world. All the pieces
are made by myself and a few skilled artists that I employ in my
studio in Brooklyn. I use high-quality materials that are manufactured
in the US, and my employees, all textile artists themselves, receive a
living wage for their skills and time.
Today it has come to my attention that Target has introduced some
baskets for their “Threshold” brand, which utilize seemingly identical
materials, methods, look, and feel as my baskets - even some of the
stitching details are the same. You can see the similarities in the
images below. Target will be selling these baskets for $6.99, a tiny
fraction of the value of my own work.
Please, help me share this image. A company like Target knocking off
small, design-focused brands for the sake of ‘staying current’ and
making a quick buck goes against everything that I, and everyone in my
studio, stands for. Help us get our message to them!
Another one of Americas fine corporations at work. Do not support Target. Support US makers, not anonymous labor.
PHOTO: Major A. T. Casdagli RAOC, ‘God Save the King, F*** Hitler’ ,1941 ©Captain A. T. Casdagli After six months held by the Nazis in a prisoner of war camp, Major Alexis Casdagli was handed a piece of canvas by a fellow inmate. Pinching red and blue thread from a disintegrating pullover belonging to an elderly Cretan general, Casdagli passed the long hours in captivity by painstakingly creating a sampler in cross-stitch. Around decorative swastikas and a banal inscription saying he completed his work in December 1941, the British officer stitched a border of irregular dots and dashes. Over the next four years his work was displayed at the four camps in Germany where he was imprisoned, and his Nazi captors never once deciphered the messages threaded in Morse code: “God Save the King” and “Fuck Hitler” ( http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/sep/03/tony-casdagli-father-stitching-nazis?INTCMP=SRCH )
This is REAL subversive embroidery. Not just sewing swear words in vaguely ironic ‘bless this house’ style formats. Can’t wait to get to the exhibition in October.