Relief work was Wilson's first dive into a fine arts practice. It was a natural progression for the embroidery-artist as these works are heavily textile-based. The techniques used in these works blend American craft techniques like quilting and embroidery with elevate fabrics and advanced technology.
Each Relief work starts with a background constructed of fabric and mounted to an art board. The backgrounds use different types of fabrics that are often manipulated, painted or dyed. Once the fabric is complete it is stretched like a canvas and attached to the background. The second part of the relief work is the upper image. These are designed separately and embroidered using fashion fabrics from Chanel, Hermes, Oscar De La Renta and more. Once the embroidery for the upper image is finished the 3D mounts are created using laser cut pieces of wood.
Each component is mounted above the background using stainless steel standoffs in varying heights. The upper image fabric pieces and then affixed to the mounts creating breathtaking dimension. The subject matter for these works varies from exploded butterflies to flowers to fashion icons.