When contemplating the name of her new shop...Miss cindy Merino had some colorful choices. The first name that came to mind was Manson Family Treehouse...followed by Helter Shelter. Both admirable choices considering the amount of karma and sage it would take to pull it off. Then there were the sweet names that emphasized the merchandise specialties...like MACRAME OWl, the cozy Afghan, and HOOT. The end result was GOLDMINE Garage which seems to capture all the 60's 70's glam decor + the wooden shelves of artifacts treasured for decades in someones attic. In honor of the spirit that started this new boutique adventure I decided to feature a few images from the Manson family embroidered vest that has all the elements of craft meets crazy.
Note the hair lock sewn on that end!
The following is a detailed description of Miss Frommes:
most recent vest and it's imagery intent
"The vest evolved from two trees I wanted to keep so I put them on patches of material. Years later I was required to put these and other patches together to make of them a single "unfinished craft project", as that was my only chance of retaining the work during the Bureau of Prison's big sweep to reduce inmates' property.
"The two trees needed water so the river was a must, and putting it between them meant balance to me. A wildcat in the leaves, a deer in the rocks, a scorpion in the night, drawings, tracings and copies of photographs done by me and friends inside and out, were pieced together for about 10 years, and the work by me is sketchy because I never took the time to study art. My favorite figures and characters in all the embroidery I've seen are those that form themselves of abstracts and are different according to the viewer.
"The river reminds me of the Greenbrier in West Virginia where I went on my 'vacation' in l987. The rocks are like those where the roots of trees grow down its banks, exposed by erosion when the river floods. The river of embroidery leaps and eddies and the lady's feet are fish. She represents both air and water, for the living things of each need the other, but there is another lady at the bottom of the vest in a waterfall. She and all her offspring are the result of the mating of the sky and earth above her. So, of the four ladies she is Water, the other Air, another Trees and the other Animals, all necessary to the balance of Woman and of Earth.