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Adrian Esparza

Texas-based artist Adrian Esparza disassembles sarape blankets and with wood, nail and enamel reworks the thread to create these colorful geometric installations. On an interview with Glasstire he explains his influence and process:

“My first exposure to art was through craft. Early memories include manipulating Popsicle sticks, carving balsa wood, making ceramics with my grandmother, and seeing my mother sewing clothing and my uncle building guitars. Hands were manipulating objects, and careful calculations were necessary in order to conserve resources and complete a project successfully. Craft laid the foundation for the formal issues that I would later learn in school.”

“Setting this awareness aside, I approach found objects with a kind of assertiveness. Growing up, I remember objects being used again and again, broken objects being restored, and the simplest object becoming valuable. So, I return to the found object and attempt to re-instill a kind of lost value.”

“The sarape pieces are about transformation — about a history that is used in order to construct a new form. They are also about a diffusion of color and the expansion of space. The side-by-side forms create a dialogue while revealing the repetitive process of distance traveled and perhaps even the act of reading itself.”

We could not find a website for the artist but much of his work can be seen here at Taubert Contemporary gallery.

Images: Courtesy of Adrian Esparza and Taubert Contemporary.

Emma Congdon

Emma Congdon is a London-based multidisciplinary designer who created these contemporary cross stitch patterns shown above. Her graphic design background is evident in her unique typographic and retro style.  A freelance designer she currently owns and runs a successful stitch embroidery business branded, ‘Stitchrovia’.

You can see more of her work on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Her cross stitch patterns are available in her Etsy shop, Stitchrovia.

Images: Courtesy of Emma Congdon.

Dolores Slowinski

Dolores Slowinski is an artist who draws with thread on paper. The Detroit-based artist uses an industrial machine to make random perforations and hand sews straight line stitches to create the images. On an interview with World of Threads Festival she says this about her inspiration:

“My process and life experiences are my inspiration. I work intuitively. I begin by selecting a piece of paper. The paper itself can inspire my response by its colour, texture or size. The shapes outlined by the perforations may also elicit a response. My background in science, experiences as a writer, not to mention events in my life, bring many words to mind as I am working. Sometimes I pause to do research online to find out where the stitches and words are taking me, and this usually pays off with a title.”

You can follow the artist on her website and on Facebook.

Images: Courtesy of Dolores Slowinski.