Spring 2015 | Mixed Media Embroidery

Often associated with terms less than endearing, the beauty of insects is lost in their grotesque appeal. Specifically mosquitoes, cicadas and grasshoppers are known for their pesky behavior, disreputable appearance, and aggravating noise. This project is an attempt to shed a new perspective on what is perceived as ugly to something graceful. The anatomical structures and textures of each insect are mimicked through the use of traditional embroidery techniques - such as needle lace, gold work, and couching – with nontraditional materials.  

Techniques | needlelace, couching, french knots. goldwork, machine embroidery, solvy, open chain stitch, chain stitch, needle felting, wire twisting

Materials | wool roving, leather, 100% cotton dmc thread, gold thread, metal wire, silk organza, naturally dyed cotton muslin

Photography: Mallory Short