American-born artist, actor and poet Stephen Beal has a penchant for color, and feels “colors are the magic carpet for his mind and his heart.” Through poetry he explores memories and emotions evoked by the colors of embroidery floss.
His collection The Very Stuff : Poems on Color, Thread, and the Habits of Women (Interweave Press), received the poetry award from The Colorado Center for the Book in 1997.
Stephen poems are inspired by shades of DMC Embroidery Floss that he uses for his own needlepoint canvases, which have been exhibited around the world, with many of them focused on the magical world of color.
An example is his stitching skills and sense of humor can be seen in the Periodic Table of Color, a spoof on the chemical periodic table we all memorized in high school.
Read some of his poems, the swatches and threads that inspired him, and more of the interview here.
I think I’m going to go pull some threads and let them inspire me!