I have been designing for embroidery for over 20 years, most embroidery is stitched on fabric, whether that fabric is used for clothing,home decorating or bridal gowns, the techniques used are relatively the same. The fabric is what holds the thread together. I have always experimented with thread and what else it could be stitched on. I have stitched on box tops, leather and other items you would never expect to see stitches on.
My works in paper are created in this manner. Each piece starts with either a giclee or photograph I have taken. The print is then digitally scanned into my workstation and thread is drawn and manipulated on top of the image. Once the Digitizing is complete the real challenge begins. The print need to be cropped and carefully mounted onto an embroidery machine and stitched using on occasion up to 100,000 individual stitches. The challenge is how much thread the paper can absorb before it starts to disintegrate from all of the holes. The mood of the work is often transformative, adding thread graffiti to a construction sign, adding a giant thread mural to the side of a building or transforming a bleak landscape into a vibrant scene. The works in paper incorporate assemblage as well, often combining multiple prints together to form multi layer compositions.
Each of the works on paper are produced in very small editions.
I start with the print, photograph or object like a box, scan it into my workstation and then design and digitize the embroidery
around it. The photograph is then placed on the embroidery machine and stitched through. All of the embroidery is stitched directly
through the paper with amazing precision. The pieces are then shadowbox mounted and framed.
Robert Mars and Stephen Wilson, struck a friendship after meeting at Art Basel and discovering they shared a few things in common,
including growing up in neighboring towns. They combined both of their mediums and created this series consisting of seven screen
prints created by Robert Mars featuring Louis Vuitton skulls. Once finished, Stephen Wilson added multiple layers of stitching to the
prints. Each piece is signed by both artists and mounted in a shadowbox frame.