We will be spending the next three weeks both in studio (and out!) using sewing as a drawing medium. Sewing is a method of drawing that incorporates pattern, repetition, visual and actual texture, line, color and negative space. It has significant historical and gender associations and as such, makes it an incredibly powerful and challenging media with which to draw.
You will need your embroidery hoops, embroidery floss, needles, scissors, pencil, pen and sketchbooks. Thimbles might also be helpful. For next week, please read through this to see various types of stitches.
Historical Sewn Drawings
(from wikipedia) The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered cloth nearly 230 ft long and 20 in tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerningWilliam, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. It was commissioned in 1070 and rediscovered in the 18th century. Despite being labeled as a tapestry, it was embroidered.
Contemporary uses of Embroidery as Drawing
and as a process…