Stitching As Art

Monday, July 18, 2011

I hope everyone’s enjoying their summer and finding ways to beat the heat!

This week I want to share some pictures of the work of a very unique needlework artist,  Victoria Crowder Payne of Sinister Stitch.

Her current work in multimedia embroidery features the exploration of the reputed killers lurking in our yards, our homes, and our folklore.

These ancient botanicals are often coveted for their beauty, or medicinal value, but are also quite deadly and represent legends that have persisted for hundreds of years.

The entire collection is comprised of Mandrake, Womandrake, Monkshood /Wolfsbane, Foxglove, Poet’s Narcissus, Nightshade, Oleander, Rosary Pea, Angel’s Trumpet, Hemlock, Snakeroot, Moonseed, and Black Hellebore.

Victoria creates each piece by combining elements of the actual plant with either human or animal features to re-imagine the look of the poison. She uses DMC embroidery threads to add texture to her pieces.

She often hand stamps or paints the background of each work in progress, and then adds DMC Embroidery Floss (Mouline), Pearl Cotton, and other threads, like the ones shown in the Mandrake piece shown above left and to the right.

If you click on the photo, you can see the detail in the stitching.

In this piece shown below left, Victoria can be seen applying DMC Light Effects Threads including Glow in the Dark and Antique Effects in Silver to create womandrake’s spider web.

This talented artist has also been working with the Kansas City Crafter’s Society to produce public events where the Sinister Stitch work is done as Theater in the Round where viewers can watch, ask questions, and enjoy the process of a BIG stitch project as it unfolds.

You can see more of Victoria’s work on her Freedom of Stitch web site, or check out the documentary she has created for the project!





 
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