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Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin

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Embroidery stitched directly through a vinyl record sleeve. 

12x26x2 inches, framed in acrylic.

Edition of 8, plus one artist's proof.

     I decided to create Led Zeppelin’s fifth album Houses of the Holy as a double album, opening up the folded album so that you can see both sides. This was always my favorite Led Zeppelin album cover so when I was doing research into the cover, God bless Wikipedia, it has been such a valuable resource for this project. I discovered the album art was designed by Hipgnosis. Hipgnosis was an art studio that was around from 1968 to 1983 and they designed hundreds of album covers, including many of the top album covers of all time. Besides Led Zeppelin they designed covers for Pink Floyd, Yes, Peter Gabriel, AC/DC, T-Rex, ELO, The Hollies and many others. They are lauded by many as being the best album cover designers of all time. If you are into album art I encourage you to look into them. For the Houses of the Holy album I decided to create the whole double spread in wool thread. The album consists of over 100,000 hand placed stitches in over 50 colors. This project took multiple sessions due to the detail in in the rocks and children crawling over them.

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