“My work investigates the physical/tangible beauty of commonplace mass-produced media-objects, most recently: the newspaper, magazines, office papers and writing pads, plastic bags, 35 mm slides. These media are becoming obsolete, replaced by the invisible efficiency of various technologies. In some cases, this transition is a good thing- faster transmission and distribution of information, streamlined systems, openness to user input, less waste. But a hole is left behind by the disappearance of these everyday objects. What will happen when we no longer touch information? When newsprint does not rub off onto our fingertips? When we no longer write longhand?
The tedious handiwork and obsessive care I employ to create my work aims to remind the viewer of these simple but intimate pieces of everyday life and to provoke a pang of nostalgia for the familiar physicality of these objects.“
As you can see, the original newspaper is still there, underneath her beautiful embroidery. The same is true for her National Geographics collection:
You really get the nostalgia she’s talking about with her “35mm sewn slides“. I haven’t seen these since third grade!
I know. It’s amazing. But, I can’t help myself; there is more:
Playing cards, money, books, paper products… You wouldn’t believe some of the other fasincating work this young lady has done. Seriously, narrowing down my favorites was a gargantuan challenge.
AND she’s a good samaritan, too. Her “Dear Soldier,” collection gathered volunteers to embroider hand-stitched letters (on her own machine-sewn, lined, fabric “paper”) to members of the armed forces currently deployed in Afghanistan.