Saturday, February 1, 2020

RIP Del Pitt Feldman

The Times published an obituary yesterday for Del Pitt Feldman, who passed away on Jan. 14 at age 90 in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Feldman, who was raised in East Flatbush, was known for "creating hand-crocheted garments."

And in 1965, she opened a boutique in the East Village on Seventh Street called Studio Del.

From the Times:

The garments — including open-weave vests, string bikinis, minidresses and capes — seemed to capture the freewheeling spirit of the neighborhood, and of the 1960s counterculture. The store’s clientele included Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Grace Slick and Andy Warhol.

High-profile women like Cher and Lily Tomlin also wore her clothes, but Ms. Feldman was unimpressed by celebrity status. When Ms. Joplin walked into the store and asked to try on a small top that was hanging in the window, her daughter said, Ms. Feldman declined, telling her she was too big for its trim dimensions.

Ms. Feldman's narrow store, decorated with vintage wooden furniture found at junk shops nearby, had a homey feel. More often than not, Ms. Feldman would crochet there, sitting in a large rocking chair. Classes were held in the back; a wide array of yarn was also for sale, as were tools for knitting and crochet.

By the early 1970s, the store had become a de facto clubhouse for a group of female artists who were working in crochet, among them Dina Knapp, Sharron Hedges, Arlene Stimmel and Nicki Hitz Edson, who was also, for a few years, a store employee.

Studio Del closed in the early 1980s. Not sure of the shop's address at the moment, though I'd like to find out more about it and her work...

Updated 8:15 p.m.

Thanks to EVG regular Daniel ... she shared an article on the store from the Times in 1972 — the shop was at 19 E. Seventh St.

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