Recently worked on a piece for Detroit's Summer Show.
The embroidery is a mixture of translating snippets of reference images straight from sketchbooks as well as using thread in a more loose, mark making way. I became kind of caught between these two ways of thinking and in the end the whole thing became a bit too tight and more visual/illustrative,- half way through the process I just wanted to stick the needle in and out in a more unthoughtful manner.
There is something about stitch and fabric in reality that I really enjoy; seeing the back thread on the underside,how the fabric behaves when it's slightly pulled, but with this piece at the back of my mind I had the concern that I wanted it to reproduce well as an image.
So, I will go back to the idea of using stitch more like drawing and see what happens.