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The Who, Quadrophenia

SKU: The Who, Quadrophenia
Regular price $1,000
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Embroidery stitched directly through a vinyl record sleeve. 

12x12x2 inches, framed in acrylic.

     Released in 1973, Quadrophenia was an album whose tracks held a larger meaning collectively. The double album actually inspired the making of a film of the same name. The name Quadrophenia refers to the diagnostic term schizophrenia, to reflect the four distinct personalities of the opera’s protagonist. It is also a play on the term “quadrophonic sounds.” The visuals for the album cover is the back of the main character of the story standing on a motorcycle surrounded by smoke. The pictures of the band are hidden in the rear view mirrors of the motorcycle and the text surrounds the main image on all 4 sides. Since the image is black and white with lots of swirling smoke I decided to embroider this with multiple layers of abstract tonal threads. I used different threads; wool, cotton, rayon and polyester. The different threads create nice textural variations. The lettering was created as patches and then mounted to the album last.

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The albums take up to 8 hours to embroider and can contain over 200,000 stitches. The series is created and designed to be hung together so you can add to your installation wall as you discover new pieces I create. Each of the albums comes with a signed certificate and is framed in acrylic and measures 12" x 12" x 2".