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808s & Heartbreak, Kanye West

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Embroidery stitched directly through a vinyl record sleeve. Additional elements mounted in relief.

12x40x2 inches, framed in acrylic.

Edition of 8, plus one artist's proof.

     T his is the only triple album that I have created so far. This has been the biggest project to date in the album series. The artwork for the deluxe edition of the album was created by one of my favorite artists, Brian Donnelly or KAWS as he is commonly known in the art world. He created the cover with two of his hands on a heart and the inside of the triple foldout with his companion swirling around Kanye West. The album also included a fold-out poster. When I spread all of the materials out I knew I had to do something special. The first thing I did was to recreate the cover logo completely in yarn and trim it like a patch and then set it aside. When stitching the triple foldout I used multiple layers of neon yarn for the colorful bands as well as the companion. To finish the piece, I backed the poster with a layer of cardboard and then laser cut small butterflies and mounted them in relief against the yarn background. The heart logo that was created first was then mounted in relief in the center. There are a lot of elements to this design and the use of different textures truly make it a stand out piece.

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