Colossal recently shared more work from the amazing embroidery portrait artist Cayce Zavaglia, but it was really this video of a peek into her studio and her process that captured me. What amazing work!
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Now, when I say “viral” here I don’t mean it in the way that overconfident marketing execs mean it, though these things could go viral all on their own and that would be pretty meta.
No, these awesome machine embroidered doilies are viral in as such that they are designs from artist Laura Splan based on viral structures such as SARS, HIV, Influenza, etc.
From Laura’s website-
Doilies is a series of computerized machine embroidered doilies. The design of each doily is based on a different viral structure. The lace doily has traditionally referenced designs and motifs from nature. Furthermore, these decorative objects would be heirlooms, handed down from one generation to the next. The work explores the “domestication” of microbial and biomedical imagery. Many recent events, epidemics, and commercial products have brought this imagery into our living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. Bio-terrorism, SARS, and antibacterial soaps alike have all heightened our awareness of the microbial world. Doilies serve as a metaphor for the way we have adapted our everyday lives to these now everyday concerns. Here domestic artifacts and heirlooms manifest the psychological heredity of our cultural anxieties.
It’s interesting how much these remind me of these designs that are used used for tissue repair after surgery. Maybe there’s just something in the nature of the circular, organic shape? However one is designed to repair, and these, as the viral design would imply, would do the exact opposite.
You can see more of this project and more designs over on Laura’s website.
I might becoming a little paranoid about this after too much internet lurking, but I swear little embroidery gnomes are going all around the design world and punching little holes in things to embroider everything. Seriously, after featuring this embroidered cuff last year, I’ve been seeing cross stitch-able items all over the darn place…
Stitch light from LampGustaf
Embroiderable iphone case from Connect Design
Embroiderable pendants from Panduro Hobby
Embroidered furniture from Gan Rugs
DIY cross stitch cup from Industreal
Embroidery artists have long been drilling holes into things to embroider the previously un-stitchable, like this example or this one, but now companies are just saying “the heck with it” and drilling holes in their own darn stuff. No home decor or accessory item is safe. Anyone else spotted those wayward gnomes drilling into something else I missed?
Oh Mr Finch.
His work is exactly the kind of creepy beautiful that reminds me of all my favorite things about Autumn. Using reclaimed materials, often with found needlework, his soft sculptures are delicate and dark all at once, bespoke with age that makes them feel like if you sat one upon your shelf it would look like it had lived in that place a lot longer than you.
You can see more of his amazing work on his website, or if you’re lucky grab up a piece when his Etsy shop is back from vacation. Maybe if I’m very good this year, a new strange and beautiful little bunny will join my collection.
In case you weren’t following it, Lucky Jackson’s epic project 365 Lucky Days came to a final conclusion last week. She stitched a new piece every day for 365 days, and I’m not just talking a little stitch exercise. These things are amazing. I’ve pulled out just a few of my favorite examples below…
If you’ve never heard of this project before, you’re in for a treat. Seriously, it’s like finding a new favorite series on Netflix and then watching all 7 seasons at once (you know you’ve done it.)
You have 365 gorgeous embroidery pieces you can now gander at all at once, so go have a peek at her blog to hear about the lessons she learned from this epic project and see more, or just gaze in wonder at them all on her flickr page. Be sure to leave her a big hearty congrats on the amazing work she did!