Erika Cleveland


Studio 4A

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For commissions, please check the ‘commissions’ page on the website above.

There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fountain of action and joy.It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all beings.

Thomas Merton

New Venues and Dates for Materialized Magic Meet-ups! (below)

Materialized Magic Meet-ups!

New Venues and Dates for Materialized Magic Meet-ups!

“Materialized Magic: Mythical Creatures in a Yarn-Artistry Habitat” celebrates the mythical and magical, bringing enchantment into daily life, and weaves two individual artistic visions with a communal vision.

Materialized Magic is a fiber art exhibit of three-dimensional, mythical, fiber creatures by artists Stacy Cantrell and Erika Cleveland. Materialized Magic is also a collaborative process, involving the community in the creation, assembly, installation and deinstallation of woodland, water and sky habitats for our mythical creatures.

We organize structured weekly “yarn-artistry” meet-up sessions to create crocheted, knitted and felted habitat elements. For example, we will create a large tree with flowers, leaves and vines, joining individual pieces made separately by the community. The project will reach out to nursing/retirement homes, local fiber stores, community & art centers and visitors to the Smith Center.

Our project will benefit the community in three major ways.

  1. 1.The first and most important benefit will be free crochet, knitting and felting lessons, open to all ages: beginner to expert level. Classes will be taught by the two artists, skilled regular participants as well as by an additional fiber arts expert. Materials will be free.

  1. 1.The second is that participants of all levels are an integral part of a professional art exhibit, with their work on display and their names recognized. Additionally, in order to recognize exceptional merit and encourage talent; some participants may be chosen to have their work sold along with the featured artists.

  1. 1.The third is the post-exhibition donation of leftover materials and supplies to nursing/retirement homes, schools, community centers and shelters, and nonprofit organizations. Portions of the habitat will also be donated for public display.

Our project is a unique, collaborative, fiber exhibition that connects professional artists and the community. Until the fiber arts movement of the 1960s and 70s brought it into the mainstream art world, fiber work was relegated to crafts and often excluded from major museums and galleries. Our project integrates a new aspect of the fiber arts, “yarn-artistry”, elevated from yarn-bombing known as a street art, yarn-artistry brings the yarn elements indoors and advances them to a higher three-dimensional level. Yarn-artistry is innovative because it includes crochet and knitting as in yarn-bombing but also incorporates the additional dimension of needle felting.

Our theme of invented mythical creatures, with the association to magic and play, brings the imaginative world alive and accessible to participants and viewers.

MARCH 9 (6-9PM) UpCycle - 1712 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA
MARCH 19 (3-6PM) Convergence - 1801 N. Quaker Lane Alexandria VA
APRIL 7th (6-9PM) Target Gallery - 105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA
APRIL 23rd (10:30AM - 1:30PM) UpCycle - 1712 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA
MAY 5th (6-9PM) Target Gallery - 105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA

We hope to see you at one, two or ALL of these dates!
If you want to check out some images and get inspired, check out Erika's Pinterest Materialized Magic page. 

For updates, to share comments or ask questions, see our Facebook page or our Ravelry page.
We're also continuing to look for donations of yarn, wool and knitting, yarn and needle felting tools. Please contact us at one of our sites to let us know if you are interested in donating!