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Tonight marks the opening of Light Grey Art Lab’s Patches and Stitches show– I was really excited for this one. As you all are probably aware at this point LGAL is an amazing gallery, and every show I participate in forces me to step outside my comfort zone and try something new. This is a mix of old and new; in college I did a semester long project of embroidered textiles all about monsters, and in my senior year I screenprinted, appliqued, and embroidered on a series of pieces too.

But looking at the amazing examples of embroidery out there nowadays got me really excited to break back into stitching and mixing paint and thread for some great tactile contrast.

I originally planned to make two embroidered wall hangings referencing the old moral story of the Lady or the Tiger; but I didn’t quite anticipate quite how long it takes to embroider a single piece! Still, it was really a fun challenge to think about how to translate markmaking into thread– I learned a lot making this piece, and I’m excited to start making more (although I might try and mix printed cloth with embroidery–it’d be fun to make an embroidered edition or series!). I would love to play with transparent overlaid screenprint layers with embroidery, for example… I can imagine a Penguin Threads cover with that! Or maybe a solo show exploring ceramics, embroideries, and other 3D installation work. One day…

If you’re in Minneapolis, please check it out tonight 8-10pm!

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