Sunday, May 23, 2010

Artist Spotlight: Part Twenty

This week's artist is Sandi Levy of iKnitQuiltSew, in Cedar City, Utah.  And this chick's not kidding!  Knit, quilt, and sew she does indeed!


Would you believe this talented fiber artist spent nearly forty years creating her wonderful things and hearing "you should sell these!" before actually taking the plunge to do it?  Her grandmother taught her to knit and sew before color TV was even invented, and most of her knitting comes from her grandmother's patterns.  Better yet, her grandmother claimed that the patterns came from her mother, which means they'd date as far back as the late 1800s!  As a fan of antiques myself, I just love that.


And it makes her pieces classic.  These hats and booties can be passed down between siblings or even generations.


Not into the traditional pinks and blues?  Me neither.  Sandi accounts for that, so how about this awesome unisex set in bright, cheery primary colors, or the camouflage set, perfect for the young woodsman?


You can find any of those great pieces in her Etsy shop, together with this beautiful receiving blanket, a great gift for expecting parents.


She loves what she does, and you can tell.  She refuses to have tons of items in her shop at the same time, because she wants to make sure that each and every piece you see has gotten the care and attention to detail that it deserves.  She's also my favorite kind of artisan - the kind who recognizes that she really is an artist and isn't afraid to say it.  Score one for the artists of the world!


Enough of the knitting, on to the quilting... would you believe that she's a self-taught quilter?  She learned it from a book!  Now that's talent.


And I haven't even gotten to the sewing yet!  Sandi makes the absolute cutest dolls and teddy bears!


You just have to love that hair!  There are other great ones in her shop too.  But the bears... oh, the bears.  I want one of these bears.  Or maybe all of them.



The problem is picking.  Do I want those cute friendly-looking bears with the scarves or that awesome curly bear that looks like it really needs a good home?

Sandi's blog is fairly new, but with such great things coming from her, it's worth following to see what she does next!  Check her out!

15 comments:

jewelry by NaLa said...

Such amazing creations from this artist. Wonderful article!

TuscanRoad said...

Beautiful selection of Sandi's work. She's an amazing artist!

TuscanRoad said...

Loved viewing the items in this great post. Such an amazing artist!

Joan said...

Wow, great post showcasing a fantastic variety of work! Beautiful pieces.

Joan said...

Larissa, awesome post showing such a diversity of wonderful work! (Apparently my 1st try at commenting disappeared?)

Haffina said...

Wonderful post about a wonderful artisan.

MakinTheBestOfIt said...

Beautiful showcase! Nothing better than hearing an artist that values her work!

mooaany said...

what a great showcase blog I agree, it is hard to pick everything is exquisite!

Mewes Mountain Arts said...

The bears are the best! This is an excellent post!!

Kazumi said...

Everything is so cute! Great post!

trusk4u said...

Super post! And I'll admit it...I love them all!!!

DreamAgainJewelry said...

I love the colorful and camouflage knit cap and booties!

FantasyDreamKnits said...

I can't believe it took 40 years! But you can truly see the talent developed over that amount of time.

DreamBubbles said...

You've presented a very talented artist in an extremely thorough way. I loved reading this posting! Keep up the great work :D

Handmade Artists' Forum said...

Those blankets are so cute!
Great work!

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