Monday, March 23, 2009

sassy samplers...

I found a card of Margaret Cusack's at a recent lecture and was inclined, by its cross stitch design, to pick it up. Margaret is a "commercial" embroiderer for the lack of a better word. She is commissioned by companies and businesses to create unique cross stitches and embroideries to use as advertisements and within promotional material.
I find this quite fascinating- and seeing some pretty big name brands re-created through the labor intensive and usually love filled process of embroidery is both fascinating and unsettling.

Margaret also creates a line of samplers that are very much out of and commenting on contemporary society.

She also creates some other interesting and humorous work from contemporary culture, such as the Bill Gates Voo Doo doll:

I am creating a Contemporary Sampler myself for an exhibit called "Historic Interpretations" sponsored by the Peabody Essex Museum .Each artist selected an archive from the historical collection and is creating a piece in response to it. I have always wanted to do a piece inspired from Samplers and am very excited about this piece and was very interested in seeing Margaret's interpretations.
See more of her work here.

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