Sewing onto Photographs PHOTO EMBROIDERY

Very Cool–how do we do it? Where do we start?   Wonderful!

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Cindy Steiler stitch info PRINT YOUR IMAGE ON CARDSTOCK–do it on home printer if putting through cardstock not allowed at school You could also embroider your salt prints or liquid light prints you made on fabric or canvas -Get embroidery crewel needle thick and embroidery thread–michaels or sewing craft store -seam ripper or sharp object to poke holes –before you begin sewing–sketching out and using colored pencils can be helpful to keep your colors and design clear -use thread not at full thickness -You may want to sew several images together -   you could buy printable fabric paper or print on canvas INSPIRATION

Annegret-soltau-logo  Cayce Zavaglia | Portrait and Process  fascinating work  Mana Morimoto  look here for photos can’t copy them

jos romussi machine to embroider entire photo   Ghada Amer  Egyptian born and Parisian trained, Ghada Amer traces photographs from sex industry magazines and hand embroiders them while leaving the ends of the threads hanging, alluding to the paint drips in abstract painting.   read this article


stacey page   show this past summer at nyc robert mann gallery of embroidered artists Matthew Cox Orly Cogan Jessica Wohl Hagar Vardimon

The photograph today is increasingly distanced from the handmade. With the proliferation of digitalization, seamless Photoshop retouching, and quick laser printing, pictures now more than ever are a product of the mind and the machine. In tandem, the photograph has become eminently reproducible. Yellowing silver prints and one-shot polaroids, once keepsakes saved in shoe boxes or pinned on walls, have been all but negated by online photo streams and jpegs from our iPhones. Yet a group of intrepid artists are working to reclaim the photograph as a unique and handmade object, through an entirely unexpected medium: embroidery. Robert Mann Gallery is pleased to present The Embroidered Image, curated by Orly Cogan and featuring the work of Pinky/MM Bass, Matthew Cox, Orly Cogan, Jane Waggoner Deschner, Flore Gardner, Diane Meyer, Jose Romussi, Hinke Schreuders, Hagar Vardimon, Jessica Wohl, and Melissa Zexter. Utilizing in their own ways the tactility, intricacy, and powerful domestic history of needle and thread, the artists transform photographs into singular mementos both nostalgic and unequivocally current. For Melissa Zexter and Flore Gardner, embroidery serves as an extension of the imagination. Tinted and black-and-white photographs receive overlays of color and pattern, revealing a nun’s contemplation in pink crosses and bringing a red cardinal to commune with a daydreaming woman. For others, it’s architectural—Diane Meyer’s thick needlepoint panels mimic pixellation in her images of the stark Berlin cityscape, blurring the built environment to comment on fading memories of its history, while Hagar Vardimon’s colored threads pull at the rafters of tiny houses like geometric spiderwebs and form mysterious icons in suburban yards. Embroidery, as a somewhat non-traditional fine art medium, also lends itself to humor and whimsy. Matthew Cox threads the faces of cartoon characters and pop culture icons onto x-rays, playing on the notion of ‘stitching’ with a dark panache. Yet Jane Waggoner Deschner’s photo-collages riff perhaps most clearly on the concept of the photographic keepsake. Family snapshots sewn together and topped with exuberant embroidered doodles and messages, they celebrate the medium’s home-spun beginnings while poignantly pushing us to look more deeply at the artifacts of our own lives. Orly Cogan, whose embroidery work focuses upon themes of feminism and covert domesticity, was born in Jaffa, Israel in 1971 and studied at Cooper Union and The Maryland Institute College of Art.   press release    review of show

Jane Waggoner Deschner from the crazy quilt series (Betty), 2012 hand-embroidered found photographs 27 x 27 inches    Patricia Casey

A Visiting Stranger, Photography on cotton, embroidery detail, 48 x 58 cm

The Telepath, 2014, Julie Cockburn.   great blog on embroidery artists    Melissa Zexter     her work is wonderful   her blog history–embroidered postcards–i have some I got in the early 1970’s in Spain   excellent overview article   Lindsay Bottos with text on hoops   lots of photos photographer Richard Burbridge, Italian artist Maurizio Anzeri and stylist Robbie Spencer for June 2011 issue of Dazed and Confused. Black and white photographs taken by amazing Richard Burbridge were exploded to another dimension by Maurizio Anzeri who is best known for his series of embroideredportraits made from photogrpahs found in flea market. He transformed photos by stiching and sewing directly on them using colored threads. /

Italian born, London based artist Maurizio Anzeri transforms found photographs of perfectly cute kids into spooky, tribal, baboon-ish looking creatures using only a needle and thread. More Anzeri images below

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something simple like this completely changes image María Aparicio Puentes     more of her work  Inge Jacobsen

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Flore Gardner, Tears, 2013 © Flore Gardner, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery
Flore Gardner, Chiasmus, 2012 © Flore Gardner, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery
Diane Meyer         The embroidery deteriorates sections of the original photograph forming a new pixelated  layer of the original scene. The project refers to the failures of photography in preserving experience and personal history as well as the means by which photographs become nostalgic objects that obscure objective understandings of the past.   SHOW CONTEMPLATING MY INTERNAL ORGANS

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