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Alert! Alert! More stitch animation!
Atlanta artist Aubrey Longely-Cook has pushed the boundaries of stitch with new embroidered animations. (Many of you will remember his wonderful Runaway series.)
Longely-Cook’s latest animations will be unveiled in Serving Face, opening in Atlanta on 14 December, 2013.
Here is a description:
Serving Face investigates and documents Atlanta’s drag queens by combining traditional embroidery techniques and animation. Co-presented by Barbara Archer Gallery and Goat Farm’s satellite location Erikson Clock, Serving Face will showcase Atlanta artist Aubrey Longley-Cook’s portraits of drag queens, paired with work created by his RuPaul Cross Stitch Animation Workshop – a collaboration of 35 artists. The dynamic show runs from December 14, 2013 through January 4, 2014 at Erikson Clock at 364 Nelson Street in the Castleberry Hill Arts District. The public is invited to a free opening reception Saturday, December 14 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm highlighted by performances from local drag queens.
I was lucky enough to participate in the Cross Stitch Animation last spring. (It involved driving back and forth from Durham, NC, to Atlanta, three times in three weeks, six hours each way, but that is another story.)
I stitched Frame 11 for the new animation (my very first cross stitch experience) and I cannot wait to see the final animation.
If you can attend the opening reception, please look for me. I’d love to meet you. It’s going to be a fun night, with drag performances and celebrations. Let’s bring the world a little closer together through stitch, shall we?
Mana Morimoto is an embroidery explorer from Tokyo, Japan. She’s been exploring a simple concept lately and I thought it merited a closer look.
“I think it was a few months ago, probably in June when I first tried scanning threads. I’m never good at organizing embroidery floss and my desk was always covered by them and I just loved how they look. They were beautifully tangled up and I wanted to keep them the way they were, but then I needed to clean my desk so that’s when I though of scanning them.
“I just read someone writing about my scanned threads work on their blog and they were saying I’d carefully place embroidery threads or something like that, but I’m never careful when placing threads on my scanner. I just grab threads and then kind of spread them before scanning.
“Then, I send a scanned image to my iPhone and spend hours on my photo app cropping it, rotating it and making it symmetrical. I repeat the process and always end up making like 30 different versions from one scanned image.
“I could spend a whole day working on these and never get tired. I never know how the final images would look like when I scan threads but they always turn out beautiful I think!”
This is such a lovely idea. Technology can help us explore the world of embroidery in new and different ways, and Mana’s simple concept is a great example of where we could go. Her execution of image manipulation is fantastic, and you do get the impression that the pieces are entirely hand made. It’s great stuff.
Mana’s tearing it up on Tumblr and is also floating around on Facebook. Go give her some love.
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