Arriving Saturday, ‘Stitcherotica II’ features ‘naughty’ fiber art • St Pete Catalyst

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To add an overworked cliche, it’s not your grandma’s knitting and crocheting job.

Of course, it all depends on the grandmother in question.

Opening during the ArtWalk on the second Saturday of Saturday, “Stitcherotica II: Touch, Don’t Look” is a textile art exhibition in room 208 (B Stark Art Studio) of the downtown Art Lofts building (10 5th St. North).

Artist and exhibition organizer Kristi Capone isn’t sure there’s a rich history of erotic and suggestive imagery stitched into visual art – but again, she says, anything is possible.

“I imagine that in medieval times, as conservative as society was, they managed to slip a bit of nudity into the tapestries,” Capone said. “I certainly wouldn’t count that.”

Artists contributing to her “Naughty Fiber Show” include Brandy Stark, Honey, Kress Saarinen, Laura Eve, LD Morisco, Lili Marlene, Maria Swire, Marisa Griffin, Megan Hoolihan Dalziel, Nancy Cohen, Patricia Toscano, Rhys Meatyard, Tugce Erol and Capone each other. The approximately 30 pieces, using various mediums and various subjects.

As the name suggests, this will be Stitcherotica’s second show. The first, in the spring of 2020, was on the walls and ready to go when Covid-19 hit.

Even though the public never got a chance to see — and touch — the art in person, Capone and Brandy Stark created a virtual tour for YouTube — and seven pieces went on sale.

At the time, there was no local precedent for such a spectacle. “As with most of my ideas, they come to mind and I either execute them or put them on the back burner until something happens,” Capone explained. “But I thought it was too cool to pass up.”

Capone is also a painter and photographer – “I like to dabble; whatever strikes me at that moment is what I do. She remembers the light bulb moment that was Stitcherotica.

“I’ve been knitting and crocheting for about 15 years now. I got to it a bit late. There was a company called Subversive Cross Stitch, and they sold these patterns that had four-letter words. I thought oh, how funny. How kitsch is that?

“But I never thought of applying it to knitting or crocheting until much later.”

Saturday reception is from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; “Stitcherotica II” will be on view until mid-June.

Erotic tailoring, Capone insists, is just another form of creativity, although “shock and titillation may be secondary characteristics. It’s all in how you see it.

“The artists and I had a little get-together last Saturday night, a little preview inside the studio. A lady and her husband walked in. They thought ArtWalk was that night, and they walked around in room 208. She looked around and she looked around, and she said, “Well, there’s a lot of body parts here.” said. She said, ‘Wow, there are boobs.’ And I said, ‘Yes. Welcome to Stitcherotica.’ She didn’t seem put off by this.

“The artists and I were all talking about what constitutes shock, titillation and obscenity? …and then we pulled out of that, because we’re really having fun with it. It’s just another art form.

She is thrilled with this year’s submissions. “It’s pretty amazing. No two things are the same.”

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