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Alicia Scardetta Wall Hangings + Best of the Web

by Grace Bonney

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Earlier this week I had the pleasure of interviewing Lisa Congdon not once, but twice, for both my radio show and her book event at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn. Even though I’ve known Lisa for a long time, I learned so much about her while I listened to her thoughtfully answer what must have been at least 60 in-depth questions in a matter of just a few hours. One of my favorite things she mentioned was growing up with her mother, who she called “the original Martha Stewart.” Her mother was always making something by hand, including beautiful wall hangings from the 70s that she and her sister are now trying to find to hang in their homes. It made me think about the long, long history of wall hangings and how their resurgence in recent years has given so many talented young artists an incredible medium through which to express themselves. I’ve been particularly taken with the work of Alicia Scardetta lately. One of my favorite shops, Ten Over Six, is carrying several of her designs right now and I love the way she combines traditional tapestry techniques with classic rope knotting and, as Ten Over Six points out, subtle nods to the nostalgic art of friendship bracelets. These are the sorts of pieces I feel drawn toward hanging in my home these days. Rather than a jumble of smaller prints, there’s something about making one huge statement (especially with so much color and texture ike this) that is so powerful in a room. If you’re interested in checking out more of Alicia’s work, you can click here to view her website or here to see what she’s offering for sale at TOS. xo, grace

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