OK, so I simply can NOT wait to sing the praises of this wonderful piece by Jessica Kelly (a.k.a. PaperStitch).
Jessica made this piece for the Phat Quarter, Blinded by Science-themed swap. This rocking swap in full swing right now in the Phat Quarter Group on flickr. (In case you don’t already know, the Phat Quarter is the lively home of Mr X Stitch-loving needle workers on flickr. Check it out and share your rad work!)
But back to Jessica’s amazing piece. 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.
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.
I’ll be collecting together all of the pieces from this swap in a feature for this blog in the coming months. Keep in mind that we have a Phat Quarter Swap every time there are five Fridays in a single month. So, that means the next one will be starting 31 May! So be sure to mark your calendars for that one… theme to be announced that Friday.
For now, keep checking the Phat Quarter for more inventive, inspiring artwork like Jessica’s!