Nora Renick Rinehart: Consulting Crafter.

Fiber artist, textile instructor and general nerd-thusiast. Add a little queer theory and a whole lotta' wallpaper and you've got me.

The Science of Construction

I was going to garden but napping sounds so much better at the moment… And before you ask: yes, this IS how I plan on wearing my sunglasses all summer. #selfie #prescrptionsunglassesarePRICEY #finallyspring

I was going to garden but napping sounds so much better at the moment… And before you ask: yes, this IS how I plan on wearing my sunglasses all summer. #selfie #prescrptionsunglassesarePRICEY #finallyspring

A year ago today I made the (somewhat abrupt) decision to walk out of an emotionally toxic work environment and I have not once, not for a single moment, regretted that decision. Sure, I might now be the poorest I’ve ever been, but the past year has been… totally worth it. In the last twelve months I have shown work in four art shows and was accepted into the Chicago Artist Coalition’s Hatch residency. I cofounded Craft/Work and alongside Rachel Wallis ran a successful kickstarter campaign, curated an exhibition and organized a series of six artist lecture panels and free workshops. And I’ve somehow been able to support myself as a freelance/teaching artist. *Somehow* isn’t a mystery: I wouldn’t have survived this past year without my BEYOND AMAZING friends who have supported me emotionally, artistically and gastronomically. THANK YOU to everyone who has been there for me over the last year- I wouldn’t survived without you! I know that this life can’t last, and who knows what will happen in the future… but I’m proud of everything I accomplished this year. And I’m still proud of the moment I said enough was enough, threw my hands in the air and yelled, “RINEHART OUT FOREVER.”

I’m doing very important work right now. OBVS.

I’m doing very important work right now. OBVS.

craftworkshow:

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Craft/Work exhibition opening party last saturday night! We had a great turn out and a total blast! Craft/Work has been such an amazing conversation over the last four months: it wouldn’t have been possible without all of you!

We’ve also been getting some great press for the show and pieces in it! Check out our brand-new press page!

If you weren’t able to come to the opening, there will be gallery viewing hours in the next few weeks:

Thursday, April 17th 6pm-9pm
Saturday, April 19th 4pm-8pm

Saturday, April 26th 10am-2pm
Sunday, April 27th 12pm-4pm

Because of popular demand, we are also trying to put together a couple additional Craft/Work events to take place during the run of the show. Do you have requests or ideas for a Craft/Work event? Get in touch! 

Yay Craft/Work! I’m stupid proud of this whole project, you guys.

There was also THIS moment today when a student wanted to know what an anchor looked like. Luckily, I had planned for this and dressed accordingly.

There was also THIS moment today when a student wanted to know what an anchor looked like. Luckily, I had planned for this and dressed accordingly.

Oh, kids camps. How could I forget? #kidsareweird #kidsclasses #surprisinglywellrendered #screenprintonfabric #screenprinting

Oh, kids camps. How could I forget? #kidsareweird #kidsclasses #surprisinglywellrendered #screenprintonfabric #screenprinting

Q: Why you so fabulous? <3 I'm so glad I ran into you at 221B con and got your contact info! I've been quilting since 1990 back when it wasn't cool to sew or knit and it's so exciting to see how widespread and appreciated it is now. Judging from what we saw at con, lots of people have succumbed to the thrill!

A:

*takes drink

*spits drink out dramatically

*sputters 

*blushes

Hiiiiiiii. It was so awesome meeting you, too! I’ve been a huge fan of Three Patch since the very beginning so it was a little surreal meeting everyone and finding out you’re all EVEN MORE AWESOME in person. Thanks for getting in touch again!!

And yeah- we’re definitely in a quilting/sewing/knitting/crafting Renaissance at the moment; sussing out the popularity of this resurgence has been one of the recurring themes in a recent project of mine, Craft/Work. It’s definitely one of the reasons I love going to 221b. Everyone is SO EFFING TALENTED. I love that we can bring out crafting and writing and thinking nerdisms together in order to nerd out about something else we all love: Sherlock! 

OMG CBS channel 2! Rachel is pretty much the smartest human.

OMG CBS channel 2! Rachel is pretty much the smartest human.

Happening right now! The #Craft/work exhibit opening at Beauty and Brawn Gallery in Logan Square! Come on over while there&#8217;s still cheese! W/ @raquelitaw

Happening right now! The #Craft/work exhibit opening at Beauty and Brawn Gallery in Logan Square! Come on over while there’s still cheese! W/ @raquelitaw

craftworkshow:

Craft/Work has been a three-month long series of lectures and workshops that explored the boundaries between Fine Art and Craft. We’ve covered topics such as Identity in Craft, Local, National and International Crafts-based business, Craft and Community, and more! (You can check out a bunch of our programming online.) 

Tonight marks the culmination of the Craft/Work project: The opening of the exhibit! We’ve collected work from thirteen amazing artists whose work transgresses their chosen media and investigates questions of hand making and traditional techniques. The participating artists are: 

Camille Canales 

Lindsay Evans 

Noelle Garcia 

Ashley Gilreath

Jasmin Guerrero 

Abigail Heuss 

Jessica Pleyel 

Jeff Rhodes 

Emily Schneider 

Carrie Ann Schumacher 

Molly Roth

Jesse Seay 

El Stitch y Bitch

Celebrate with us tonight! 

 Saturday, April 12th, 6pm - 10pm 

 @ Beauty and Brawn Gallery and Thinkspace 

3501 W Fullerton Ave, Logan Square, Chicago, IL, 60647

RSVP to the Facebook event!

TONIGHT!!! Can’t wait for the party to get started! See you there!

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