We have long been fans of the work by Michelle Kingdom. She is a truly inspiring artist - across many disciplines. So I'm delighted to share her thoughts about some recent work, as part of our In the Hoop series. Here's what Michelle had to say.
"The composed look of something receding, something in which she no longer had any part" is actually just coming off of my hoop. I like to focus on one embroidery at a time, and tend to become fully immersed in the developing narrative. A lot of time is spent drawing and clarifying what I want to say, working out the composition, and settling on colors and materials to be used.
This means the hoop is often lying in wait. When I'm finally ready to begin embroidering, the work only comes alive once the first stitches are laid down. Thread is used like a sketching tool, with conventional stitches giving way to expressive, intuitive marks. Concept, image, and technique fuse together exposing elusive yet persistent inner voices.
What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!