5.20.2013

Threads.

OMG heading to my own opening! What a crazy weekend for Scenic Artisan +me.

My biggest exhibition ever is up at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD. And there's just one week to go! The show will be up through Tuesday, May 27.

'Threads' is an exploration of connecting knitting and painting with fiber and wood.

Rania Hassan: Threads 
Solo Exhibition
Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Road
Laurel, MD 20708
301.377.7800

Exhibition Dates: April 5–May 27, 2013
Gallery Hours: 10am–5pm, everyday

Threads.

12.13.2012

Bloomingdale Holiday Art Market 2012

Bloomingdale Holiday Art Market Get your Art! Drink your Rum and Cider! The Bloomingdale Holiday Art Market is back for another fantastic event. Saturday, December 22, from 5-8pm, at Big Bear Cafe in Washington, DC.

A small sampling of local Artists, Artisans, and Crafty Bastards alumni will be setting up their work to sell. Vendors include Sean Hennessey, DeNada Design, Andrea Haffner, Rachel Pfeffer Designs, Sweet Pepita, Leafyhead Lotions & Potions, and goshdarnknit. Big Bear Cafe will be open, Special Holiday Drink will be served, and on the last Saturday before Christmas, you know you'll want to do all of your gift shopping here.

Details:
What: Bloomingdale Holiday Art Market
Where: Big Bear Cafe (First and R St NW, DC)
When: Saturday, December 22
Time: 5-8pm

Invite your friends!

11.08.2012

printing up a storm.

Bag full of burnt gocco bulbs, all victims of a hurricane day of printmaking. During Hurricane Sandy, the time I didn't spend looking at this wind map, or fretting over what was happening outside and in far away places, I was in my printmaking studio late into the night of howling wind, printing up a storm. In some cases, very literally a storm. So many gocco screens were burned, the photo above shows just some of the bulbs that fell victim to my printing frenzy.
lighthouse
I drew this lighthouse a week after a trip to Chincoteague this past summer over pony week. The walk to the top of the lighthouse was one of my most favorite parts of the visit. When we reached the top, in the far away distance we could see the ponies swimming.
Printing up a storm! A peek at the 1st layers of two new Moleskine designs for @craftybastardsOn the gocco press late into the night of howling wind, layer 1 of a new design.
Keeping calm and printing on. Fresh on the press for #CraftyBastards.
All of the artwork I screenprint onto the covers of Moleskine notebooks come from pages of my own notebooks. What a coincidence that I'd selected my drawings of crazy weather, underwater adventures, and then end up printing them during the worst storm ever.

Crafty Bastards is this Saturday, November 10, from 10am-5pm at Union Market in DC. My super talented husband Sean Hennessey and I will be set up side by side, booths 108 and 109. Special 2-for-1 tickets are still available here. I hope to see you there!

11.05.2012

countdown to crafty bastards.

Saturday is Crafty Bastards, the most fantastical day of the year. It'll be my 8th time participating! This year is very special, as not only am I participating as a vendor, I also helped curate the show as a judge!

My whole house is pretty much an art studio, and over the past few weeks there's been art making going on in almost every room and it's the most amazing thing ever. So what does the weekend before Crafty Bastards look like? Let me break it down into two parts of what I do: Painting and Printmaking.

My Painting Studio: My assistant and I hung out here the whole weekend, painting away for @CraftyBastards. Loved every second!
A lot of magic happened in here this weekend. As usual, one week before is the perfect time to come up with a whole new direction for artwork! But first, on Friday I snuck out and got my already short hair trimmed even shorter. My short cut got a quick cut, the red is almost all out! One cut away from being all brown again, yay.
Then I dove into painting all day. On Saturday, while my canvases were drying, I printed up a storm in...

My Printmaking Studio: This afternoon I acquired an assistant in my printmaking studio. This is where I screenprint all of my notebooks by hand. I printed four whole layers that day. That's a crazy amount! By the end of the day, every part of me was aching. But there were so many pretty notebooks on the drying rack! Some complete, some left to dry for more layers. Here is one of my newest drawings, forever gocco printed on the cover of a notebook. Still not sure what to title this one. Sometimes that's the hardest part! New Moleskine notebook fresh off the press for @CraftyBastards. This drawing still needs a title! Crafty Bastards is this Saturday, November 10, from 10am-5pm at Union Market in DC. My super talented husband Sean Hennessey and I will be set up side by side, booths 108 and 109.

*While cats figure heavily in this post, this is just one cat, and she's just posing for the camera. As soon as work starts, she's done!

6.21.2012

knit dress: dancing [fancy]

Knit Dress: Dancing [Fancy] 2012

My latest mixed media fiber installation, Knit Dress: Dancing [Fancy], was inspired by Eadweard J. Muybridge to show moments in time of a tiny dress suspended in air. The day after I made the decision to go in this direction, I learned it was Muybridge's birthday. I knew then I was on the right track.

 A friend, and fellow artist, Andy Cleavenger wrote this about the work:
...Her pieces have always shown an element of interaction between them, but that interaction was usually physical, such as a knitted element that stretched between two painted canvases. Well, with these the element that connects them is the implied passage of time, as though we were looking at individual film stills displayed in sequence. Each one is strong enough to stand on its own, but it is as a group that they start to tell a story. And I love the sense that I am seeing the passage of a moment all at once.

Knit Dress: Dancing [Fancy] 2012

To fully appreciate the sequence, I put together this stop motion animation:


The piece was installed at Artomatic, and will be on display through June 23. Prince George's County Parks and Recreation purchased the whole bottom row for their permanent art collection. There are still some panels of the upper row available in my shop.

There are only two days left to see the full installation in place on the 9th floor [space 140] at Artomatic 2012:
May 18–June 23, 2012
1851 S. Bell Street | Arlington, VA 22202

12.08.2011

holiday shows.


It wouldn't be December without some holiday shows! Here are some upcoming events I'll be at:

GRUMP [Give Rad Urban Made Presents]
20 of your favorite Crafty Bastard Vendors will show and sell their awesomeness. You will find something for everyone on your list. Plus. DJ. Bar. Fortune Telling. Carnival games. Cupcakes. For reals, it will be rad.
Saturday, December 10, 11am–5pm
American Legion | 224 D St SE | Washington, DC

Rock-n-Shop at the Black Cat.
Hunting for that perfect holiday gift? Looking to augment your hardcore collection with some essential records? Searching for the perfect T-shirt? Stop right there, my friend! Rock-n-Shop is where it's all at.
Sunday, December 11, doors open 8pm
Black Cat | 1811 14th St NW | Washington, DC

Bloomingdale Holiday Art Market at Big Bear Cafe.
Shop local and support your favorite artisans and designers at DC's best coffee shop. We'll help you finish your holiday gift shopping list as you pick up some treats for yourself, sing along with the carolers, and enjoy everyone's favorite winter treat, spiked cider!
Sunday, December 18, 5–9pm
Big Bear Cafe | First and R St NW | Washington, DC

I hope to see you there!
ps....Thanks to everyone who made it out to visit me at the west elm show last week, and thanks to Etsy and west elm for hosting!

11.30.2011

Bloomingdale Holiday Art Market

Bloomingdale Holiday Art Market
It's happening again! The Bloomingdale Holiday Art Market at Big Bear Cafe in Washington, DC, will take place on Sunday, December 18, 5–9pm.

Shop local and support your favorite artisans and designers at DC's best coffee shop. Vendors include Sean Hennessey, De*Nada Design, Tigerflight, Van Wagoner Studios, Leafyhead Lotions & Potions, Highway to Hill, and Goshdarnknit.

We'll help you finish your holiday gift shopping list as you pick up some treats for yourself, sing along with the carolers, and enjoy everyone's favorite winter treat, spiked cider!

Details:
What: Bloomingdale Holiday Art Market
Where: Big Bear Cafe (First and R St NW, DC)
When: Sunday, December 18
Time: 5-9pm

Invite your friends!

west elm + Etsy: Handmade Holiday

Handmade Holiday @ West Elm
I recently announced that I'd been selected by Etsy and West Elm to participate in their Holiday Pop Up Shop. Well, that day is almost here! This Thursday, December 1, find me at west elm, Tyson’s Corner, in McLean, VA, from 6–9pm.

The Tyson's Corner west elm + Etsy pop up event will feature Goshdarnknit along with Pickwick Papers, Naked Decor, Herban Lifestyle, and Rachel Pfeffer Designs. The featured local charity for the Tyson's Corner event is Jill's House.

From the west elm blog:
It’s time! Join Etsy + west elm on the evening of Thursday December 1 for a Handmade Holiday Workshop in your local west elm store! We’re super excited that all 37 of our stores* will be hosting a workshop to create handmade ornaments and there will be a mini-market of local Etsy sellers set up to share their wares. Come find something for everyone on your list and contribute gifts and decoration for a tree that will be donated to a local charity. Each store chose a charity in their community!....

A new Knit Dress, just assembled for @CraftyBastards:
Knit Dress VIII . 2011 . by Rania Hassan . Available here

I hope to see you there!

Similar events are happening at all west elm shops, so if you're not in the area, maybe you'll find one nearby. Click here to see the full list.

Details:
What: Etsy + West Elm Holiday Pop Up Shop
When: Thursday, December 1, 2011
Time: 6–9pm
Where: west elm, 7866L Tyson’s Corner Center, McLean, VA 22102
Click here for a mall directory.