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Friday, April 17, 2009


Our speaker at the Textile Study Group of New York was Orly Cogan, a fiber artist living and working in New York City. Ms. Cogan takes vintage textiles and found embroideries and stitches her own "line drawings" of nudes on the textiles. I must admit that, as a costumer and textile historian, I was alternately bored after the tenth nude and horrified by the alteration to old needlework but there is something intriguing and pretty about her creations. Her site-specific thread drawings were very interesting and the fabric sculpture dessert table was a lot of fun.
I have included her website if you want to see her work but want to warn more conservative viewers that Ms. Gogan is exceeding fond of nipples, public hair, menstrual blood, and male genetalia. You can see some of her work at

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