I recently received my copy of Stitch-illo and it is honestly one of the most gorgeous books on fibre art I have seen in.. well maybe ever. I'm not just saying that because I am lucky enough to be a part of it, but because I really feel it was carefully curated and every artist was interviewed with such consideration.
Im edging my way to a shop update with a STACK of new prints... the wait will be worth it.
I received these proofs and I couldn't be happier! There are more to follow too.
I finally got my own copy of Queer Africa 2 at the premier book launch in Joburg on Saturday. It was an unbelievable event with people queuing outside the hall for the readings. I even got to embarrass myself by rambling about the cover art. QA2 is an anthology of stories from around the continent about the different ways we love each other, and I really feel like that spirit of love was in the air at the launch. As CHEESY as it sounds, it was magical. A massive thank you to the friends and strangers who let me sew their faces for this project that I think is both meaningful and important.
You can see more of the embroidered portraits here
And you can order the book here: https://www.exclusivebooks.co.za/product/9781928215424
I have recently handed over a project that I'm pretty excited to see the full roll out of. I can't show much except some preliminary ink (and far too much highlighter) drawings I did at the start of the threaded journey.
Ive been making a few little things here and there, and sort of a way to play with colour, and palette cleansers, between bigger jobs. My most recent one was this 4" hoop pet portrait of a dog called Lichee who has a glass eye and a cleft palette, and I think Im obsessed with him now. Proves that love doesn't have to be beautiful to be perfect.
I just finished running my first night workshops with a really special group of people through the CCDI. It ran every Wednesday in April, and its quite sad saying goodbye to all my students! Last night ended with a very special gift from Alex, one of the 'Charlys Angels' from Charlys bakery... these embroidery inspired, punny cookies! Look at the little silver icing hoop details. So amazing!
Now.. how do I bring myself to eat mine?
Over the past few months scattered between jobs free time I have been filmed by the Beautiful News project to showcase a bit about what I do and why. I love this initiative, because its about having something positive in your news feed for a change. I had a ton of fun and you can see a little more about my space and process.
Every now and then you have an idea that sits at the back of your mind annoying you. Kind of like the kid at the back of the class room, throwing paper at you as soon as you are not looking. Reminding you that its there, but you cant quite do anything about it. I finally got to feed that feeling this week when I brought out a monoprint I made about 18 months ago while doing a class at Pangolin Prints in Newlands. I had been working with paper and was curious at how the ink would translate onto fabric. I rustled up so scrap cotton and created a simple monoprint onto it. Turns out it translates just fine, and is a happy host for some embroidery too. This is just my first, but I'm excited to continue this relationship between ink, fabric and thread.
Often I create new pieces and I'm not sure where to put them on this site (besides Instagram) to showcase them. They go into their folders and I wonder if they will ever be seen. I created this ring recently and put it in the 'skulls' album and felt a twinge of guilt. Almost like when you get given something new, like a mug, and then put it with your collection and it all of a sudden looks lost and never has its moment to be new. Im not sure if that makes any sense. Anyway, my point is more is it worth while to blog about it? Im not crazy about Facebook either. Does anyone have any suggestions? Does anyone even come here?
I took my underwater camera that we found in a backwards town for R100 on a hike up to the reservoir on the mountains above Constantia Nek. With 3 dogs in tow I snapped away and when I got the film developed, I thought that the camera had leaked and blessed me with pink skys and green thighs. In hindsight I think I accidentally cross-processed slide film that was in the camera (which is a relief to know the camera can still come skinny dipping with me).
Vulture (New York Magazine) did this really sweet recap video of me and my work. I cant seem to embed the video... so heres a link