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.
I have always disliked Valentine’s Day. It has nothing to do with being single, even when I have been in relationships, much to most of my past boyfriends’ relief, I have had no interest in celebrating it – mostly for the usual reasons people hate the holiday. But this year I decided to not be such a spoilsport. I made valentines for anyone who was interested in receiving one although I insisted they all be mailed. I had originally planned on making some simple paper cards but I am obviously incapable of making anything easy and before I knew it I was making valentine embroideries for everyone. I don’t really feel comfortable in the realms of cute and romantic, so I did my best but ended up with a bit of a science/anatomical/nerd overtone in most of them.
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.
I made these napkins a few months ago for the wedding of Annie Bradley and Mercury McCall. They approached me about making some napkins with a robot holding a heart embroidered on them and I, of course, was flattered and immediately accepted. They picked out the fabric and I got to work.
After a few attempts embroidering onto the napkin itself, I decided the best way would be an applique. So I started sewing napkins and embroidering robots and attaching appliques.
Their wedding looked like tons of fun and I hear the napkins were a big hit. Congratulations!
If you would like to check out their art you can find it at Annie Bradley Art. Word on the street is that they may be working on an animation of one of my favorite plays, “Ubu Roi” by Alfred Jarry. I would like to encourage them to continue. You should too.