The thing I love most about working on the Chicvilla are the wonderful people I've met along the way. Everyone who has been helping with the renovations knows someone that can help with something else -- word of mouth is one of my favorite ways to find reputable people to get a job done right.
I had been on the hunt for incredible art for the walls, and it was really important to me to support local D.C. artists as an artist myself. As I began asking around to the many contractors and friends about local artists, I learned about Stefanie Yoselle. I was immediately head over heels in love from the moment I saw her work.
Stefanie has always been an artist. She began as a master wood worker and print maker, but two years ago she moved into fiber arts. But I'm not talking about your grandmother’s macramè hanging flowers -- Stefanie breathes a modern flair into each of her pieces of art. She tirelessly hand knots cotton and wool yarn, rope and string, transforming these simple materials into incredible modern works of art. Her pieces are inspired by the natural landscape and its textures, her mood, the music she is listening to, and even things she finds in her every day life.
From the beginning, she listened to exactly what feel I wanted for Chicvilla. She came over to measure the wall space and we talked about the exact look I wanted. Commissioning a custom piece of art can be a bit scary, but Stefanie was amazing. I even got to take a sneak peek at the piece mid-way through at her studio. 175 hours of tedious knotting later, my custom piece was done and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results! The amount of detail and texture throughout the entire piece is just amazing: photos truly can’t do her work justice.
If you are in need of a custom piece of art yourself, and want to support your local arts community, you can find Stefanie's work at the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery in the Torpedo Factory and at Little Miss Pixies on 14th St. She also sells her work on her website. Stefanie will absolutely create a custom piece tailored to your taste and needs.
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