He Stands on the Threshold
Art Statement for Viv and a Movie, 9.8.3
When I was 10 years old, my mom taught me how to cross-stitch,
something she had been doing for years. Our house was filled
with pillows and framed pieces, which she would work on usually
while watching television, sitting on our couch. Most of her
work came from pre-packaged patterns as she believed she śwasn't
The first piece I ever tried to make was a print of something
related to tennis. I finished about 1/3 of it and then most
likely realized that I was 10 years old and spending time
doing cross-stitch was a lot less fun than..well, almost
everything else I could be doing.
In 1996, I was experimenting with crayon drawings and just
beginning to get into oil painting. I was developing a style
of my own that was all about bright colors and repeating patterns.
Perfect for textiles.
Any time I would go home, my mom would still be sitting
on the couch working on something new. We decided it would
be fun if I designed some prints for her and she would do
the work. We collaborated on 4 pieces, including three pillows
and a piano bench cover. After that, she didn't have the time
to work on them anymore.
It is an extremely meditative and time-consuming process.
I went through a rough patch of my life where finding something
that could let me create while not having to think about my
situation would be perfect. I spent much of last year's baseball
season sitting in my apartment following the Giants and doing
cross-stitch. I repeatedly told people that I was releasing
my inner grandmother.
These four pieces are all hand-designed and hand-made. They
are considered 14-point cross-stitch, which means if you measure
with a ruler, every inch has 14 squares. Every square inch
consists of 156 squares. Almost every square has embroidery
thread go through it twice, except for the edge squares.
"Even DNA Has a Face" is roughly 14' x 14'. That
equals 23,466 squares. Yeah, it's a lot. I kept track of the
time it took to complete the work but once I hit 150 hours,
Thanks for taking the time to read the background of it.
I hope it adds a little bit to your enjoyment.