I spent the entire studio day working on one task - sewing my painting. I had gotten the raw unstretched canvas too wet yesterday and it was warping in a wicked way around the edges. Cure: cut out the characters and embroider them onto a new square of canvas. I knew one day my embroidery and painting worlds would collide.
Not a big fan of the word cute as a description for my work but this painting is pulling me into some child-like narrative illustration so why not cute the shit out of it? I'm going for all out bedtime story. There is a dark irony between the sweetness and the choice of animals. I'll explain it later or you can go ahead and Google moon bear farms in China - just a warning...it's pretty gnarly.
The studio space is really inspiring, there's tons of room to move around. It's extremely industrial-we're surrounded by machines inside the building and out but everything is neat and orderly. (Which was totally conducive to the one-person sewing sweatshop I had going on today.)
There is also a kind of Mary-Tyler-Moore-office vibe going too which I adore. I could never capture the entire building in one shot but there are all of these lovely little vignettes that hint at the space as a whole. Here are some of my favorites...