When you think of the sewing patterns that you’d expect to find in your local arts and crafts store, you wouldn’t be surprised to see cute and cheerful subjects and scenes of beautiful country meadows and innocent characters. But Australian artist Michelle Hamer uses hand-stitching to create sewn pictures of typical urban landscapes, including traffic signs, chain-link fences, bridges, buses, and billboards.
Using the traditional ‘needlepoint’ technique, which dates back thousands of years, Hamer creates these ‘pixel art’ pieces by taking photographs of various urban scenes, and then painstakingly transferring them onto a perforated plastic canvas, all by hand. She then maps the ‘small in-between moments that characterise everyday life. Often focussing on text and signage within urban landscapes it highlights contemporary social beliefs, ideals and aspirations’.
This traditional technique exposes an ironic romanticism present between manual pixilation and the digitalisation of imagery in contemporary society. Discover more at www.michellehamer.com.
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