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 too impress anyone. His grasshopper looks as though he was a character from Alice in Wonderland that didn’t make it into the final draft of the book…
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, including his amazing quilt, at his Flickr photostream.
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