After a weeks of intensive stitching I’m finally able to reveal my portraits for the group International Women’s day exhibition in Eden Place Arts, Pilot’s Row. I’ve decided to share one per week on the run up to the opening of the exhibition, starting with the lovely Kristin that I gave you a glimpse of before. So just in time for Valentine’s day here’ some love for the inspirational ladies!
As I previously mentioned , the theme of these works is that they feature portraits of influential female artists inspired by their own album covers. In many ways Kristin was the inspiration for this set, because I could so easily picture the album cover art for Sunny Border Blue stitched on to a little self patterned print. The blue of the fabric, with its tiny almost floral ditzy print hints at the Americana folk roots this artist sometimes leaks. The hard black lines and the soft blue fabric echo the crazy contrast of her character , tender and harsh sometimes simultaneously. I love the wistfulness of the photograph, almost ghostly, and I wanted to try to capture that unfocused, far away look in her eyes, like she’s thinking about something and you’re not even there.
Unlike the cool indie kids I’d never heard of her band Throwing Muses. I became aware of Kristin’s solo work in the early 2000′s and her songs really hit a nerve, at once unfathomable yet commonplace, funny but serious. This was the bitter-sweet, scratchy voice of someone who has been through the mill and feels your pain, but would punch you in the face just as soon as admit to weakness. Just like the crippling embarrassment of the alternative, auto bio comics I was reading at the time, her’s was the slightly uncomfortable voice of the ‘honest’ artist. Forever a reminder of a certain time and a place, Sunny Border Blue, The Grotto and Hips and Makers will always be special to me. You can learn more about Kristin and her music publishing online here: www.kristinhersh.com
Anyway, I hope you like it? Keep your eye’s peeled for the next portrait coming next week.