These are the first works for my 302 Studio project – which I am still in the process of figuring out. So far I am doing embroidered portraits of women, and thus far they have all been female musicians (mostly old ones) – I’m just playing around with different embroidery strategies…and combining embroidery with painting.
Patsy Cline, cotton on vintage fabric scrap
The very first one I did!
Stevie Nicks (outline), cotton on counted linen (?)
I am not sure whether I’ll be filling her in with colour or not – but I can’t paint on this fabric so it will either be stitched or remain in outline.
Nina Simone, cotton and paint (gouache) on vintage fabric scrap
This was actually the second piece I did, but I inserted her after Stevie because she is painted like the most recent two works.
Joan Baez, cotton and paint (gouache) on calico
The scanner unfortunately scanned right through the fabric so you can see the network of threads on the other side, which is REALLY annoying. However, these are not visible in actuality.
Cher, cotton and paint (gouache) on calico
Same problem as Joan, dammit! I think Cher is my favourite of them all. 🙂
I am currently finishing off Joni Mitchell at the moment – we shall see after this week’s feedback whether I will be allowed to keep making this kind of work. I sure hope so!