Sunday, October 16, 2016

fire escapes, bridges and water towers

I thought it's about time that I shared full images of all the new pieces I have created in the past few months. Now that I have premiered them at the Armonk Outdoor Art Show, it is time to see them on the blog. So without further a do here they are: 
Iron Spine 1xs (6"x6") © Natalya Aikens 2016
Iron Spine 2xs (6"x6") © Natalya Aikens 2016
Iron Spine 3xs (6"x6") © Natalya Aikens 2016
Iron Spine 4xs (6"x6") © Natalya Aikens 2016
Iron Spine 5xs (6"x6") © Natalya Aikens 2016
Water Tower 1xs (6"x6") © Natalya Aikens 2016
Water Tower 2xs (6"x6") © Natalya Aikens 2016
Water Tower 3xs (6"x6") © Natalya Aikens 2016
Water Tower 4xs (6"x6") © Natalya Aikens 2016
Water Tower 5xs (6"x6") © Natalya Aikens 2016
MNHB span (12"x12") © Natalya Aikens 2016
TRIboro span (12"x12") © Natalya Aikens 2016
TZB span (8"x8") © Natalya Aikens 2016
WHTstone span (8"x8") © Natalya Aikens 2016
GWB span (8"x8") © Natalya Aikens 2016
Soon I will have these up on my website with juicy detail images. Stay tuned! And thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 26, 2016


The show that I have been preparing for all summer has come and gone.. Funny how that is, isn't it? You think, you plan, you work, rework, work more and more, reconfigure, pack, repack, set up, lose sleep, work the show... and then poof! and it's over. But as exhausting as it was, today I am basking in the afterglow of it all.

I am very happy with the new work that I created specifically for this show. Happy with the older work that I was able to display. Happy with my display too, thanks to the friends from whom I borrowed equipment and the friends that helped me decide on the set up and then helped me take it all down. Thanks to all the friends to who came to visit me at the show and supported me with their kind words.

It was a wonderful weekend in every possible way, from the weather to crowds to the booth neighbors. And to all the lovely people to who complimented and bought my work!

Here are a few pictures of how my booth looked. This was the first way I set everything up. A few hours later on Saturday I reconfigured things, but was too distracted to take new pictures. I have never before talked about my art as much as I did in these two days. People needed explanations of not only my techniques, but also of my materials and my reasons why I do what I do! So it was a great experience for figuring out the best way of explaining it all, over and over. Talk about refining my elevator pitch!

And then on Sunday... I was in for a HUGE surprise! I got an award for Best New Artist! It was a total shocker for me as you can see in the photos below. The award is brand new and is given out in the name of Sylvia Rogers, who was a long time supporter and co-chair of the Armonk Outdoor Art Show. Her whole family was there to present the award, it turned out to be quite a big event.
that's the look of shock on my face..

posing with the whole Rogers family, that's Sylvia's husband in the green sweater
co chairs of the exhibit, Marian Hamilton and Susan Geffen

I am honored and humbled to be the first time recipient of the Sylvia Rogers Best New Artist Award. Thank you Rogers family and the Armonk Outdoor Art Show!!
PS Thanks to Sam Morrell for the pictures. And the video below (hope it works, fingers crossed!)


Friday, September 16, 2016


They say it's all in the details. And the details are what I have been focusing on in the last week or so.
Over the summer I have been preparing for the Armonk Outdoor Art Show. I have created ten new small artworks, five new medium artworks and have wired for hanging several large artworks which have been created over the last two or so years. I created a banner, participated in a preview exhibition, figured out booth logistics and I'm almost ready! Now I have to make labels and lists and decide on the display. This is the first time that I will be participating in such a show, so perhaps next time the prep will be be easier.

Here are a few enticing details so that you get a taste of what I've been up to.
edge painting is a bit like cake frosting

can you tell there have been a lot of edges to paint?

Full reveal is coming up soon! And if you're in the NY tri-state area, I hope to see September 24th and 25th!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

inspiration infusion

After many months of postponing, I finally carved out time to go see the Manus x Machina exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art yesterday. It closes September 5th, so run, don't walk and see it! It's beautifully put together of course.

Pictures of all the splendor are all over the internet. Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat are overflowing. So just a few closeups of my favorite textures here and some lovely shadows for your enjoyment. I feel rejuvenated and inspired by all this creativity and can't wait to get back to my stitching!
Iris van Herpen is the star of this exhibit! What an inventive designer! This is black cotton twill hand painted with grey and purple polyurethane resin and iron filings, and then hand sculpted with magnets!
These dresses by Nicolas Ghesquiere are made from celluloid sequins cut into strips by lasers and glued onto tulle, and then hand spray painted after shaping the fabric.
I love the shadows this dress made (costume really). It a dress by Gareth Pugh and it is made from plastic straws, each hand cut and attached individually.
Here's the full creation, see why I think of it more as a costume? It's like some strange bird!
This is the clear straw version of the dress. I love the chevron like pattern that the cuts of the straws create.
This is a close up of a dress by Karl Lagerfeld for the House of Chanel. It is black duck feathers mixed with cellophane.
This is a Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton dress. The flowers are laser cut plastic sewn onto white polyester organdy embroidered with machine made broderie anglaise flowers.
I love the shadow of that skirt combined with the dress form shadow.
This is a close up of the duck dress by Hussein Chalayan. It's pale pink polyester tulle hand gathered and sculpted into tufts. Hussein was inspired by the way in which mountains are formed by erosion and tectonic forces.
I adored the shadows formed by this jacket made from hand cut and hand pieced white leather by John Galliano for the House of Dior. 
This was a truly inspired design by the genius of Issey Miyake. It's custom software-rendered pattern, heat pressed on black recycled polyester, heat stamped with gold metallic foil. This is the start.
Then it unfolds like this.
And is worn like this!
a close up of the gold foil 
And lastly, the only photo I shared on Instagram in my complete overwhelm... It is a close up of another Iris van Herpen dress, this one is hand embroidered with clear thermoformed laser cut acrylic and hand joined with clear silicone connectors.
Here's an article worth reading from the New York Times about the exhibit. I hope the exhibit travels to be seen in other cities!