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Sandrine Pelletier at Fette's Gallery, Culver City

Posted in Design, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy by Suzanne on September 12th, 2008 | BBC Wikipedia

© Sandrine Pelletier - click for details

I'm the last person to ever get patriotic about anything (okay... maybe neat machines like the LHC and good old Helvetians like Hans-Ruedi Giger or Albert Hofmann do make me a tiny bit proud sometimes.. ), but when I found out the other day that long-admired multitalented young embroidery/lace/taxidermy/sculpture/photography/collage artist Sandrine Pelletier is actually Swiss, I felt a sudden warm pride grow in my tummy. Or maybe that was the little bug family I swallowed by mistake. I will probably never find out.

Aaaanyway, not that you readers really care about Sandrine's origin, I do, because Switzerland has in many ways been leading in the innovation and production of beautiful lace & embroidery - particularly the city of St. Gallen in the eastern corner of Helvetia which has been one of the main centers of the European textile industry ever since the 15th century. By 1714, the St. Gauls produced 38,000 pieces of cloth yearly and later developed some of the world's first embroidery machines. Yup.

However, Sandrine herself is not actually from the Swiss East, but the West Coast and studied art at the prestigious École Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne (ÉCAL).

So if you're in Culver City these days, make sure to pop by Fette's to immerse yourself in Sandrine's embroidered dreamscapes.

Insekts opens tonight and will remain on view through October 18.

Opening reception: Tonight, Friday, September 12, 2008, 6 - 9 PM

On show: September 12 - October 18, 2008

Address: Fette's Gallery, 4255 Baldwin Ave., Culver City, CA 90232, USA, tel: 310 559 7733

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