Stitchgasm – The Earth and Its Layers by Jessica Kelly

It's another stitchgasm from Mr X Stitch!

OK, so I simply can NOT wait to sing the praises of this wonderful piece by Jessica Kelly (a.k.a. PaperStitch).

The Earth and Its Layers: open


Her inspiration came from the World Book Encyclopedias of her childhood. Like her, I vividly remember the “interactive” graphics in those tomes, with their layers of acetate transparencies piled over richly printed science illustrations. (I remember one of the night sky in particular. It was magical!) Before the clickable immediacy of researching anything you could want to know about on the internet and being able to instantly see objects from every possible angle, this is how we played with learning.

The Earth and Its Layers: closed

Jessica is hugely talented. She managed to translate those retro transparencies into stitch by replacing the acetate with velum. She rendered the Earth’s core in gorgeous stitching on fabric underneath.

See Also
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The Earth and Its Layers: layer 1

Yay! Be sure to check out more of Jessica’s work on her flickr stream and read about this piece on her blog. She does particularly lovely art with vintage math books and geometric imagery.

The Earth and Its Layers: layer 2