I have an embroidered picture in Textile Center’s member exhibition this year. I went to the opening reception, and there is an abundance of spectacular work. Twin Cities friends, please check it out!
I won’t issue a spoiler by displaying my picture here, but I will say that it’s part of a series I did as a tribute to self-taught Idaho artist James Castle. Some of his drawings made me think of needlework, and so I tried riffing on some of Castle’s shapes in this medium. The sketch above is one riff, and here’s another. Castle was fascinated by, and frequently made variations on, the letters in the alphabet, so I have some blackwork embroidery motifs pretending to be a writing system here.