I’ve seen some fun stuff that people have done when sewing or embroidering paper, especially postcards, I’ve also seen an artist my mum knows who sews ceramics, somehow! But I thought I’d start with postcards.
We went to the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester a while ago, and I picked up three quite different postcards purely to experiment with.
I got a rubbish photograph of the outside of the gallery from 2009 by Joel Fildes, an image of some nice ‘Manchester printed cotton for the East African Market’ from the 1930’s, and a a rather dull painting of called ‘Harvest Field’ by Helen Allingham from the C19th. I purposely picked very different images and styles.
On the postcard with the African fabric I sewed another flower to replicate the others printed on there.
On the painting of the Harvest I created a geometric design where I connected holes in a semi circle shape around two central points. Boyfriend thought this one was weird, I think it’s my favourite.
On the photo of the building I started selecting bricks to emphasise, but I got a bit bored of it! I do like the idea of the postcard embroidery but I’m not really sure what I would do with the postcards afterwards, maybe if I manage to create an amazing work of art but the postcards themselves had little sentimental significance for me so I don’t think I’ll display them.