Hand quilted around the design of a ‘scrap’ of wax fabric from Kigali, Rwanda then made it up into a bright modern cushion. This was a gift for the kind person who gave me the ‘scraps’ in the first place.
My current artist crush is Los Angeles based/ Berlin born Nike Schroeder.
The things she can do with fibers!! From portraiture that is amazingly complex for pure embroidery, to her newest work—my favorite—which evokes a waterfall of color.
While showing hints of a color-field painting, the threads drip off the “canvas” bleeding from one color into another.
I want to lay in this room for hours, surrounded by these magical flowing fibers.
In the video for British heavy metal band Throne’s song “Tharsis Sleeps,” the directors Nicos Levesey (also a member of Throne) and Tom Bunker went all out and created the first ever, frame by frame stitched video. The animation and sewing took several months to do and many all-nighters using over three thousand embroidered “frames” and over 45 million stitches. Check out the colorful, incredible video/work of art below:
"The Mystic Mountain", Carina Nebula, 5” x 5”(12 x 12 cm) on 22 stitch per inch canvas. 35 colors.
The Carina Nebula is a stellar nursery 7,500 light years away from earth. Eta Carinae, one of the most humungous stars in the universe, can be found there. It is about four times larger, and even brighter than the more well known Orion Nebula. You can see it in the southern sky.
Monkey skull, embroidered cotton on linen. I like that it is so similar to a human skull, it almost seems like I was trying to draw a human skull but failed, and then you see it’s not a human skull at all, but a monkey. So little difference and a big difference at the same time, humans and monkeys
This may be a world record for time spent on a simple embroidery kit.
I was given this and another similar kit for my 23rd birthday. I started sewing and did about a quarter of it. Then put it away for some reason.
Over the years I have found it, done a little more, put it away and forgotten it, over and over.
I found it again a few days ago. And finished it! Twenty three years and 5 months after starting it.
Now to find the other one…