Bascom Hogue is a Mennonite Brethren from Kansas.
His hand stitched redwork pieces are terrific, and have a real charm about them. They are reminiscent of 1950’s illustrations. The subject matters are quite unusual, but there is an honest charm to them. It seems that Bascom is stitching these for his own pleasure as much as anything, not to impress anyone.
His work evokes the nostalgia of American tradition and woodcut folk art, while exploring topics with an element of darkness. Much like the book Struwwelpeter, despite it’s charm, Bascom’s work will take you to places that might make you uncomfortable.
Bascom suffers from asthma and “Breathe” reflects how asthma and pneumonia are able to make him concentrate on trying to do one thing: Breathe.
He combines machine and hand embroidery to great effect and you can see more of his work at his website. There’s not a lot to be found because Bascom Hogue is a legendary figure, but if you seek him hard enough, you will find him and your life will be better for it.
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