This weekend was one of my closest friend’s birthday. We usually spend one night a week watching Mystery Science Theater together. He has been requesting that I embroider these for him for awhile now and I have refused. Mostly because they have been done before. Also I just kept thinking that I would have to bust out the metallic floss to do them correctly and that made me want to cry. I decided to forgo the glitter floss, keep them to simple line drawings and make his dreams come true. Happy birthday, B-star! I hope I didn’t disappoint.
This is my favorite of the self-portrait series I did. The hair is made up mostly of back stitch with touches of stem and split stitches to create the texture. It is probably 8-10 shades of brown. I did the water all in split stitch. I have a hard time clocking the hours I spend working, but it took me about a month to do the water.
It is the first piece I have used watercolor crayons to do a wash on. I am slightly disappointed only in the fact that I think the blue wash isn’t visible under the blue stitching.
In the past few months while working on this self portrait series I started researching for an upcoming project of embroidered hentai, so I ended up viewing a whole lot of tentacle pornography. No. Really. A lot. Anyone who has ever delved into that world has surely seen the classic japanese woodcut, The Dream of The Fisherman’s Wife. While not the most original, I do enjoy my take on devouring instead of being penetrated by the monster.
I had a lot of fun making the appliqued tentacle. The face is embroidered, washed with watercolor pencils and then appliqued. I am starting an applique series of industrial accidents, so I am super excited about the fun of applique. I absolutely love embroidery and it is my first passion, but my pieces take so very long that applique is a refreshingly (and comparatively) quick respite from the sometimes tedious work of detailed needle art.
I am still recovering from the last minute stresses of my show this past weekend, but I managed to get some photos taken of the pieces.
Even though I keep trying to swear off Twin Peaks inspired embroidery, I find myself here, yet again. I did a series of self portraits and still somehow worked it in.
Also the obligatory detail shots, because they are like stitch-porn to me.
I have been working on a series of self-portraits in embroidery and applique for my upcoming show.
Here is a sneak peak of one of those pieces. My self portrait as two marabou storks. It is a simple outline in backstitch. I originally started it because, as always, I decided to experiment with new techniques for the series at the last minute and found myself a bit behind. I needed some work I could complete within a reasonable amount of time to show along with my more complex portraits. However, I really love it.
So if you will be in the Austin area on October 23rd you should swing by the show. Also presenting the art of the amazing Don Jolly, Max McDermott, and Justin Prince. Live music by The Fractals, Ben Pickett, Quin Galavis, Radiola and SPENCE! There will be tons of food and wine provided but you are welcome to BYOB. 3701 Werner, the third street East of IH-35 on 38th 1/2 street. Doors at 4pm.
More info at Incredible Art Show 6
I was lucky enough to be asked to embroider the art for the movie poster of the amazing documentary Twelve Ways to Sunday by the wonderful Anna Farrell. Anna came across my Twin Peaks portraits on Feeling Stitchy and got in touch with me through my blog (seriously, I can’t believe how awesome this is.) It took about four months to do and I recently finished up this project. I can’t explain how much I love this piece. These photos are mostly in progress shots and Anna sent me a photo of the entire finished piece.
Please go check out Twelve Ways to Sunday. It is worth it, I promise. There will be posters and such for sale and word on the street is that there will be a limited edition fabric print.
The premier is in NYC on Sept. 22 as part of the Rooftop Film series. So, if you are in there area you should go check it out. If not, I am sure I will be keeping everyone abreast on future screenings, as I am so excited about this.
This is the last post of Twin Peaks Embroidery from my current show.
These are all fairly large, Bob and the Giant are 2×3 and the Log Lady is slightly larger.
I used all 6 strands of floss included in the standard Embroidery floss pack, so the stitching is pretty thick. They are all done in stem and chain stitches. After I was finished embroidering on the cotton I stretched them over canvases and used spray adhesive to secure them.
This is ten solid hours of knot work on Bob’s beard. I struggled a long time with how to do the stubble, as I knew the knots would take me forever, eventually I could not come up with any other viable options and gave in to the knots. Oh, colonial knots, thousands of colonial knots.
I kind of hated the one for the Giant, until I got it on the canvas. Now it’s my favorite of the large pieces.
Now to go work on tiny, tiny patches (one inch) of Twin Peaks character…. is this my new fate… bleeding fingers for Twin Peaks?
I am still trying to get all of my Twin Peaks portraits posted. So, here are the latest two, Nadine and James Hurley.
Nadine has always been one of my favorite characters, so it was incredibly fun to work on. Her hair was my absolute favorite thing I did on any of these.
I think James is by far one of the most boring Twin Peaks characters. (Sorry James fans…if there are any.) I felt like he is just such a key character, however that I needed to include him on the first round of pieces. (I feel the same was about Donna…does anyone actually like Donna?) And poor James Marshall is just a strange looking fellow, so I had the hardest time with his face.
I was really excited about how is jacket turned out. I used the same technique as Audrey’s sweater, a tightly packed modified colonial knot and finished off the sleeves with alternating satin stitches.
As promised, here are two more of the Twin Peaks portraits I did for my show.
I am very pleased with the amount of detail I was able to get into these. They are currently framed in oval 8x10s. I thought I would break down how I made the pieces because that is what people seemed most interested in while talking to me at my show…well that and how long thing took and you probably don’t want me to answer that one. A long time.
Doing Everyone’s hair was probably my favorite part. I just use a simple stem stitch for all of it but I alternated with different colors and amounts of embroidery floss to get the textures.
To get the texture on the sleeves of her sweater I modified colonial knots by holding them ultra loose before pulling through the knot, then packed hundreds and hundreds of them close together.
For the organic pattern on the front of her sweater I modified a lazy daisy stitch and connected them with stem stitches. I wish I had drawn them out first. I tend to do all my detail work freehand and it was a bit stressful with this particular part.
Leland ended up being one of my favorites. I decided on White Haired Leland because I feel it is most representative of the character on the show.
So, I use a lot of modified stitches in these portraits, it isn’t so much laziness as I need to achieve a certain texture and am just let down by the classic stitches that are established.
For Leland’s shirt I used a basic long and short pattern and placed whipped chain stitch in as the stripes. I modified a long and short pattern for the jacket and used a satin stitch for the tie.
Things got a little dirty in the transportation for the show. Next time everything will get wrapped in plastic for that part, but I was so pressed for time I just didn’t get it done. But since they were a little mussed already I was encouraging those who mentioned wanting to touch to go ahead. A lot of people want to touch. Hey I understand, I am a tactile person and am always sad when I can’t touch things with interesting looking textures. Anyway I need to rewash and stretch them all before they go up at the Flightpath. I should probably go and do that now.
My art opening is coming up on October 24th , thats next Saturday. It’s at Blackerby Violin , located at 1111 W. Anderson LN.
Also Exhibiting; Don Jolly with original pages of his comics SUBHUMANOID and FARLAX the LAST ELF, Max McDermott with paintings and Katie Pipkin with her exploration on Breathing, featuring painting, drawing and violin sculptures.
The show is at 6pm to midnight, there will be free beer and food and live performances by RADIOLA, the country power of MOUTHWASH PICKETT, and the triumphant on-stage return of THE FAT MAN and TEAM FAT – Austin’s legendary videogame sound designer.
Its should be a ton of fun, so if you’re in Austin you should swing by and check it out. If you cant make it the show will be moving to the Flightpath for the entire month of November.
I am exhibiting the Twin Peaks portraits I have been working on like a mad woman the last month. Sorry about the lack of posts lately, but if it doesn’t involve a needle and thread or making coffee then I haven’t been doing it. These portraits have become all consuming
Be on the look out for Leland, Nadine, Cooper, Audrey, Donna, and James. I am currently finishing up oversized embroideries of The Giant, Killer BOB, Laura Palmer and The Log Lady. If your favorite character isn’t here then don’t fret, it is coming soon.
I will have pictures up as soon as the art show craziness is over and I have a moment to take pictures and get them all loaded.
I will also have a plethora of my Mustache Beer Cozies for sale at the show, so you should probably pick on up for yourself. Don’t have a mustache? You don’t want to be left out. Already have a mustache? Well, it’s being hidden by that beer can…and we can’t have that.