"I have been designing embroidery for over 20 years and 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. "
Taking this de-facto decree in the world of embroidery, Wilson wanted to push boundaries of what is and isn't "textiles". He experiments with embroidery on cardboard, on boxes, on photography and here- on paper.
Each work starts with either a giclee or photograph I have taken. The print is then digitally scanned and thread is drawn and manipulated on top of the image. Once the Digitizing is complete, the print need to be cropped and carefully mounted onto an embroidery machine and stitched using 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.