"Despite the rather quaint embroidered composition of the piece, Scholl complicates the viewer’s position by leaving open questions such as whether the red beads are truly symbolic of blood, what power dynamics are at play and the motivation and emotions of her embroidered self. In much the same way as the artworks discussed previously, it is the questions of ambiguity (How many of the people in Emin’s tent did she actually have sex with? Who are the women in Amer’s embroidered canvasses really performing for?) that foreground the bodily expression and corporeal physically bound up in producing textile-based work that traverses the line between art and craft. "
"Among the other designers featured in the event there is also Heather Marie Scholl, a brave artist who is not afraid of tackling themes such as feminism, domestic violence and sexual abuses in her art. Scholl introduces us in this post to the exhibition and to her new work. Looks like the needle is a great humble tool ideal to break conventions and traditions and tackle in a radical way complex issues from our troubled times."
"Comedy & Tragedy will definitely give you the laugh-cry you seek. Hosted by The Experiment Comedy Gallery, seven artists submitted pieces addressing what tragedy means to them and what it feels like. Then, seven comics took those submissions and re-titled them, creating a dynamic push-pull of sadness and humor."
"Intimacy seems like a self-evidently desirable experience, as the loving smiles and tender embraces in many of these works suggest. But it's also a fraught process for many people, one that invites the possibility of heartbreak, loss and betrayal. At best, intimacy can be weird, occasionally intrusive, exclusionary to those on the outside. Tsuru told HuffPost they want viewers to confront the more difficult aspects of intimacy as well."
"From stunning portraits that examine the relationship of Black and brown bodies with nature to embroideries that are much more graphic than they at first appear, the 20 images from the art show that follow answer, "what does intimacy look like to you?"
"Artist, activist, and cultural catalyst, Heather Marie Scholl is from the future (...) She combines her fields of study to create thought-provoking exquisite pieces, while simultaneously making political and social statements."
"We all employ fashion to express our personality and personal narratives, but Scholl has found a way to use the fashion medium to look at several issues - body, women, feminism, identity, and sexuality - in a striking way that elicits the response of the viewer and sparks the debate about such topics."
"Sometimes It’s Hard to be a Woman is fashion art installation project with a focus on creating personal narrative threads within the scope of the body, women, feminism, identity, and sexuality. Elements that have insightful effects and experience on women.
"It takes courage to tackle themes such as sexuality, violence and abuse in fashion, but American fashion designer Heather Marie Scholl has been doing that since she was still a student at San Francisco's Academy of Art University."
"For a fashion designer formally showcasing a collection on a runway represents a moment of agony and ecstasy; seeing it being featured in a proper photoshoot is instead an entirely different experience as those same creations naturally take a life of their own, according to the contexts in which they are photographed and the story they are telling."
"Heather Marie Scholl explored the nature of gender, race and sexuality and the role it plays in fashion which, for all its political points, makes for interesting design. How can a designer visually express a conceptual idea, one that is at dual odds with itself (pain & glamour)? We see a collection that is bright and clever with a look that seems to borrow from the 80′s, the kind of hard cheerfulness that can mark a decade. The collection works to make the viewer ask questions and seek answers which reminds us that fashion is indeed art."