Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Goldwork Rizla logo WIP

Still working along the theme of commercial / corporate logos, the next to fall prey to my stitch curiosity is the Rizla cigarette paper. I started it last month, thinking: 'I'm fed up with Christmas. Let's do something totally unfestive.'

It took longer than average because of all the solid blue area - yes, that all had to be filled in with adjacent rows of stitches, close enough together to stop the gold showing through underneath, and all in one strand of embroidery cotton (any thicker would have covered ground quicker but been bulkier.) Patience perciveres:

However, in the last I don't know how long, Rizla themselves decided to relaunch the design of all their papers - meaning that the version I've started is technically out of date  now. The text slopes the other way, the drop shadow is on entirely the wrong side, and most of all -  the precise blue has changed. Gone is that lovely Mediterranean-pool blue to be replaced with something darker and duller (my camera doesn't really do it justice but trust me.) It's strange how you only really notice such things when you've been staring at something for a disproportionately higher than average amount of you time.....

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Hanging By A Thread's blog is back

Apologies for the delay. I have been taking some time out to readjust etc and can now say I am back with new vigour. For those unaware, I have moved to Brighton, have my own studio and am exceedingly excited about the future potential of my (relatively) new set-up.

Hanging By A Thread has left university and is now 'out there' in the 'real world' as an independent and unique embroidery practitioner, trailing a large debt but with equal determination to make this career a success.

Things inspiring me at the moment:

1. Corporate logos - especially the Rizzla cigarette paper
2. The Goldwork technique of or nue
3. Latex
4. Traditional whitework broderie-anglaise worked onto said latex
5. The skull on my shelf
6. Experimentation with French seams
7. The illustrative potential of stitch
8. Tubes of toothpaste
9. The Golden Syrup tin
10. Plans for my next tattoo

Seemingly ecclectic? Things will make sense. (Possibly.)  Pictures and the contents of my innermost creative mind to follow shortly.