SPUN hits St. Louis!!! February 7th and 8th at the Craft Alliance

See a few of the SPUN Finished Works in Fail-Safe:  Discomforts Close to Home, opening Friday, February 7th, 6-9PM

The Craft Alliance in St. Louis, Missouri is hosting the exhibition Fail-Safe:  Discomforts Close to Home, curated by Marci Rae McDade.  The show “features a wide range of artists creating textile and fiber-based works of contemporary art. Although the media these artists are working with are familiar (embroidery, found objects, textiles, etc.), each piece is loaded with incendiary content directly in opposition to the comfort imbued by the material itself. The pieces in this show comment on difficult aspects of life in 21st century, relating to poverty, racism, digital disconnect, and the fleeting nature of life itself.” – Marci Rae McDade

Join us at the SPUN Kiosk!  

SPUN member Michelle Patnick teaches a volunteer how to needlepoint at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Photo credit:  Andrea Nunez

SPUN member Michelle Patnick teaches a volunteer how to needlepoint at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo credit: Andrea Nunez

 

Friday February 7th, 2-4PM & Saturday February 8th, 1-4PM

The SPUN Kiosk is bringing unfinished needlepoint to the Craft Alliance for a two-day event celebrating collective effort and “getting things done”.  In addition to working on unfinished needlepoint, we are encouraging artists of all kinds to bring in their own unfinished projects and work on them in a supportive environment.  Join SPUN founder Mary Smull for this interactive art making experience and help contribute to the ever growing SPUN archive.

For more information please visit here:
http://www.craftalliance.org/exhibitions/grand/fail.safe14/fail.safe14.htm

SPUN Featured in Needlepoint Now Magazine!

Still Life, 2013

Still Life, 2013

Check out June Russell-Chamberlin’s article in Needlepoint Now‘s May/June issue

Here’s a quote from the article from our founder Mary Smull, in a discussion about the value of work – even unfinished work:

“Failing to finish a project does not equal failure, Mary stressed. Neither does making mistakes. “Seeing the skill level at ANG [American Needlepoint Guild Seminar], there is no way that you learn that without going through the process of failure. That’s how you figure out how to make great work,” she said.

For the full article, check out this link:

http://www.needlepointnow.com/wp-content/uploads/SPUN.pdf

 

 

Racine Art Museum hosts SPUN, June 14th-15th, 2013

Photo:  Andrea Nunez

SPUN volunteers teach museum visitors how to finish unfinished needlepoint
Photo credit: Andrea Nunez

Meet SPUN’s founder, Mary Smull, Friday June 14, 5:30 – 8PM

Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI debuts several new works from the SPUN archive from April 18th – September 15th as part of their current exhibition Twenty-First Century Heirlooms, curated by Lena Vigna.  Join our founder for a reception and hear her speak about her work as an artist and the roots of SPUN.

Join us at the SPUN Kiosk, Saturday June 15, 11AM – 3PM

Do you begin needlepoint projects only to abandon them before finishing? You are not alone.  Join Mary Smull in completing a collection of unfinished needlepoint as part of the Society for the Prevention of Unfinished Needlepoint (SPUN). The Society was founded by Smull in 2009 to “eliminate the worldwide phenomenon of unfinished needlepoint” and has been rescuing incomplete works through performances across the country. Visitors are invited to participate by completing stitches in unfinished needlepoint projects. Needlepointers of all abilities are welcome, and SPUN volunteers will teach any new-comers to the craft! Once complete, these works will be archived as part of SPUN’s collection.

Friday June 14th:  $10 Admission for reception and lecture; RAM Members free
Saturday June 15th:  Free after admission; RAM Members free
For more information please visit here:
http://www.ramart.org/content/twenty-first-century-heirlooms

SPUN comes to the Philadelphia Museum Of Art June 23rd, 2012!

SPUN at the Philadelphia Museum Of Art
Saturday, June 23, 2012
12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Free after admission

For more information please visit here:

SPUN, the Society for the Prevention of Unfinished Needlepoint, is the project of Mary Smull, a Philadelphia-based artist and educator fascinated with our culture’s guilt over abandoned craft projects. Smull finds and completes unfinished needlepoint, and will lead a needlepoint workshop at the Museum. Drop in and add a few stitches to an unfinished needlepoint or bring your own incomplete projects for inspiration, needlepoint or otherwise!

 

SPUN VISITS HOUSTON!

SPUN Founder Mary Smull brings the mission to the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft – Friday, December 2 & Saturday, December 3, 2011!

 

Mary Smull, Lute Player, Found unfinished needlepoint completed by the artist using only white yarn, 20" x 21", 2011

Several pieces from the Finished Works series are featured at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft as part of the current exhibition Beyond Useful & Beautiful: Rethinking Domestic Craft, on display from October 1 – January 8, 2012.  Now our founder brings the SPUN mission to the HCCC audience  in person!

 

Friday, December 2, 2011
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Group Therapy – Finish Fetish
In the Large Gallery at HCCC

 

Do you find yourself filled with anxiety and guilt about incomplete projects around the house? Pulling your hair out about that knitted scarf you started last winter for your sister? If so, HCCC invites you to join visiting needlepoint artist, Mary Smull, for a group therapy session on society’s fetish with finishing projects. Bring your unfinished projects to work on or stories about plans never realized to share in our large gallery on Friday night. Attendees will leave with a lightened conscience about their unfinished works and a deeper understanding of the impetus behind Smull’s Unfinished Needlepoint series.

 

Saturday, December 3, 2011
1:00 – 4:30 PM
Join SPUN in Getting it Done!
A Community Needlepoint Project
In the Large Gallery at HCCC

 

Do you begin needlepoint projects only to abandon them before finishing? You are not alone.  Join Mary Smull in completing a collection of unfinished needlepoint as part of the Society for the Prevention of Unfinished Needlework (SPUN). The Society was founded by Smull in 2009 to “eliminate the worldwide phenomenon of unfinished needlepoint” and has been rescuing incomplete works through performances across the country. Visitors are invited to participate by completing stitches in unfinished needlepoint projects. Needlepointers of all abilities are welcome! Once complete, these works will be archived as part of SPUN’s collection.

 

For more information, please visit the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft website:
http://www.crafthouston.org/default.asp?id=101

SPUN IN LOS ANGELES!!!

Public Fiction Gallery, 749 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA; The California Hotel exhibition

The Society for the Prevention of Unfinished Needlepoint kiosk will be featured this weekend at Los Angeles’ Public Fiction gallery as part of The California Hotel exhibition!  Join us for the show’s Black Sunday event, Sunday November 27th, from 12PM – 4PM.  Come out to advance the mission to complete unfinished needlepoint – and view other work by representatives of Philadelphia-based art collective Grizzly Grizzly.

For more information, visit Public Fiction’s website:
http://www.publicfiction.org/

SPUN NEWS!!!

Members teaching the public to needlepoint at the SPUN Kiosk, Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

On Saturday May 7th, the SPUN kiosk debuted at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA!  New members joined the Society and the public pitched in, stitching white yarn on a few of the many unfinished needlepoint projects SPUN has in its archive.  Much of our help at the kiosk came from people learning how to needlepoint for the first time, instructed by our founder and SPUN member volunteers.

 

See Cindy Stockton-Moore’s article about the SPUN kiosk, featured in the Summer 2011 issue of Ducts.org:

http://www.ducts.org/content/saving-stitches-the-society-for-the-prevention-of-unfinished-needlepoint/


SPUN NEWS!!!

 

Visit the SPUN kiosk on Saturday May 7th, 11AM – 4PM at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA as part of the  Interlace:  Weaving Community event, curated by Kelly Cobb.


Meet our founder in person and contribute to the mission!  At the SPUN Kiosk, you’ll have an opportunity to finish unfinished needlepoint and become a member of the Society for the Prevention for Unfinished Needlepoint on the spot.  For more information, check out this link to the ICA website:

http://www.icaphila.org/events/?id=472