I recently completed this Audrey Hepburn portrait embroidery (that’s why I needed the Sulky transfer pen! ;-) )
It was commissioned by local print and sculptural artist Stephen Lewis, who proposed the source image below , with my only ‘brief’ being to pare it down to is simplest essence. I love experimenting with my embroidery, trying out new techniques and making each new work I take on a little different from the last. I loved this image straight away, and knew I wanted to create something striking using a graphic image in only one colour, on a very traditional Osnaburg background.
I’ve found Osnaburg tricky to work with previously, and I was worried that for such a small piece (less than 4″ in diameter) that I would lose detail in the open weave fabric. And with that thought in mind I stitched two versions, the second one is more ‘zoomed’ in on her face.
In the end I prefered the first version better, compositionally it seems more complete. And the tiny filling stitches were actually a joy to work on this fabric. I can’t wait to see how Steve will use it. He likes to incorporate ‘found’ pieces from different crafts into his installation sculptures and he’s been very mysterious to date I’ll be sure to tell you more when Steve’s work nears competition ! In the meantime you can find Steve and friends at Red Hut Studio Falcarragh (Donegal), and you can check out some of his own work here in: Steve’s Gallery.