Celebrating aging via textile art
I am a fiber artist and visual storyteller, piecing together personal stories, using hand embroidery and digital photo transfer techniques.
I always work from an idea. My piece, If it Wrinkles it Must be Real began years ago when my father, who owned a men’s clothing store, placed an ad in the Los Angeles Times for sear sucker and linen suits. The title of the ad was “ If it Wrinkles it Must be Real”. Many years later when I decided that I wanted to make a body of work celebrating aging that saying became my inspiration. I chose to embroider the wrinkles on my face and go Big!
I began by having a professional headshot taken in black and white, but before I printed it on fabric, I needed to make a sample. I was fortunate to have a friend who owns a business that creates posters for buses. She printed a 40x60” image of the photo on vinyl that I could mark with colored sharpie pens.
For all my work I use a variety of photo transfer techniques, but I wanted If it Wrinkles to be printed 40x60” so I chose Spoonflower, an online printing service that has the ability to print your design on a variety of fabrics in a large format. I chose several fabrics for the samples and finally settled on Crepe de Chine.
Once I received the photo on silk I looked at it for several weeks and decided that embroidering my wrinkles wasn’t quite enough. Each line on my face has a story to tell, so I created a mapping legend reflecting how I got them. Joy…Guilt…Courage…Shame…Wisdom…Worry and Empathy each with it’s own story. I embroidered with silk thread; the colors of the legend coordinated with the colors of the embroidered wrinkles.
I enjoy all the stages of creating conceptual art from the concept to the research to creating the samples the editing and finally the meditative work of embroidery.
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