It’s been a while since I’ve shared a glimpse into my studio! Here’s a fun embroidery I’ve been working on the past couple of weeks. It combines two things I love: stitching and good food.
The [working] title for this piece is called Favorite Bites in Baltimore, and it will include a half dozen of my favorite things I’ve eaten while living in Baltimore. So far, I’ve completed S’mores in a Jar from Hamilton Tavern and the Dirtyboy from Bun Shop. Now, I’m in the middle of a slice of pizza from Joe Squared.
I’m planning on embroidering a few more foods, but narrowing down the choices has been really hard. Baltimore has some great restaurants!
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I love it when embroidery is in used in unconventional applications, and designer Elliot Schultz has done so in a super creative way. He created a series of embroidered zoetrope!
If you aren’t familiar with a zoetrope, it’s an animation technique that uses a series of pictures on an inner surface. When they’re rotated and displayed — either with a strobe light or by photographs — the illusion of motion is created.
For his final project at the ANU School of Art in Australia, Elliot created six discs with animated sequences embroidered on their surfaces. They were designed to be played on standard turntables, borrowing the shape and size from a 10″ vinyl record. Once they were hit with a strobe light, the animations came to life.
Check out the GIFs and video to see these pieces in action. How cool! (Via Colossal)
Ashlee Woo creates portraits of celebrities, artists, and political leaders using a combination of digital embroidery and silk screen. The abstract images feature thick stitched lines that define the large, bold shapes of the subject. Smaller, more expressive embroidery adds fun details like crazy hair styles and delicate facial features. This combination produces unique profiles that capture both a likeness as well as an essence of their personality. Love!
Kim Jong En
Stacey Page transforms discarded vintage photographs from banal to fantastic in her on-going series of embroidered portraits. Since 2008, she’s adorned men and women with bizarre headdresses, costumes, facial hair, and much more. This is both conceptually and visually interesting. I love that the stitching creates a “second skin” and a new narrative onto the old pictures. And, at the same time, it’s a great contrast between the smooth silver gelatin photos beneath the fuzzy threads.
Almas Pieters is an illustrator based in the Netherlands who creates her illustrations with things like textiles and embroidery thread. She uses a variety of stitches to create full color and highly textured works of three-eyed beasts, masks, and severed heads.
I’m really impressed with the craft of Pieter’s work. The stitches are neatly applied, and there’s a real sense of movement in each piece. Perfect for depicting waves, limbs, and more.
So, I was on vacation for a whole week (over a week ago at this point) and made some good progress on my current embroidery work. I love this activity, but alas, it’s more of a reward for when I finish other responsibilities, so it can be a slow grind through these stitches. Do you have something like this in your life?
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