Mindy Sue Wittock + Jenna Freimuth
The Wondermakers Collective is a collaborative embroidery project created by Mindy Sue Wittock and Jenna Freimuth.
We attended the same college at different times, connected on social media, and now mail art back and forth between Wisconsin and Minnesota. Our name ‘The Wondermakers’ was conceived by the idea of simply wondering what we could make together. Mindy makes embellished, abstract soft sculpture and Jenna draws lush, patterned illustrations. As we navigated how to blend our unique artistic styles into a long-distance collaboration, our dense embroidered pieces started to emerge. With the limitless combination of color and texture possible within our embroideries, we continue to explore creating wonder and curiosity in our work.
Our embroideries start with one of us putting down some stitches and then mailing it off to the other person. Nothing is drawn out ahead of time or preplanned. Every embroidery is a response to the other’s mark-making and a metaphysical representation of our two styles colliding. As the layers build and stitches accumulate, a hint of an imaginary world is created within the hoop.
We have often noted similarities with how we build our pieces and the journey of Alice in Wonderland. Just as Alice falls into Wonderland without a map and uses her intuition to navigate through parts unknown, we follow our intuition with mark-making, trust in the response from one another’s take on a piece, and always find ourselves somewhere new, yet familiar. We credit the ability to wonder for the success of our collaboration and honor where it can lead with each catch and release of a hoop back and forth from one another.
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EXHIBITIONS + News + Notables
For the Better, Jolby and Friends, Fundraiser Exhibition, Portland, OR
Artist in Residence, Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI
The Wondermakers Collective: Collaborative Embroidery Workshop, Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg WI
Cat Noodle Kitty Yarn, Group Exhibition, Corner Store Gallery NE, Minneapolis, MN
UWGB Alumni Fundraiser Exhibition, Green Bay, WI
The Wondermakers Collective: Mindy Sue Wittock + Jenna Freimuth, Solo Exhibition and Visiting Artist, Gallery of Art & Design, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
Summer, Group Show, Little Pink House Gallery, Genesee, Idaho
Abstract Thoughts, Invitational Exhibition, Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI
In Praise of Needlewoman, Invitational Exhibition, Langdon Divers Community Gallery, Fond du Lac, WI
Lovely Trees, Langdon Divers Community Gallery, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Art in Circles, The Art Garage Green Bay, Wisconsin
Split Lip Magazine, Featured Interview for Collaborative Voices Folio
Indiana Review Academic Journal, Cover Artist, Volume 41: Number 1
UPPERCASE Magazine, Issue # 40, Cover Contest Honorable Mention, Visual Theme: Hands & Handwork, page 36
UPPERCASE Magazine, Issue #34, Creativity on the Road, page 87
MEET THE ARTISTS
Mindy Sue Wittock
Soft Sculpture & Textiles
Mindy Sue Wittock is an artist and mother who works out of her home studio in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. She makes soft sculpture that explores the intersection of childhood memory and experiences in motherhood. Wittock has an MFA from Arizona State University with a concentration in fibers. She has previously worked as an associate lecturer of art at the University of Wisconsin Fond du Lac and the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Wittock has an extensive exhibition record and has taught many textile-based workshops. She survives on coffee and enjoys watching vintage television shows, listening to 80’s music, and going on adventures with her husband, daughter, and pup.
Illustrator & Designer
Happily residing in Minneapolis, MN, Jenna Freimuth likes to make coffee and beautiful things. With a BA Degree in Studio Arts from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, Jenna has built a freelance career illustrating for clients and collaborating with other artists. Working from her home studio, she enjoys building surface design patterns, stitching abstract embroideries, and drawing motifs to decorate and delight. When not crafting her next project, Jenna can be found playing board games with her husband, watching old episodes of The Office, or plotting Harry Potter World vacations.