I made a blind contour drawing of our toaster over a year ago (really, that long?!!) and almost ever since I’ve had an idea to make it into a painting. It never happened.
But then, a couple of months ago, I had this idea: why not embroider it?! And so I did. And bloody hell, I’m so, so happy with it!
So I made another embroidery based on a blind contour drawing of our iron, I think it’s turned out pretty cute. I like the pink on the white/pale blue background.
I just love making these pieces, it makes me think of appliances and the like in a new way. In a “what else can I turn into an embroidered picture” way. Every day life is a big inspiration for me. The simple things, you know?
Every day life isn’t perfect and I like the things I make to reflect that; it’s made by a human being and I think that’s what gives art and craft life…
I want to do more! A whole series of kitchen appliances!
I love making this sort of thing, I think there’s far too few household appliances in art. Granted, some of them are not exactly eye candy, but we have a daily relationship with them, so I believe that they should be noticed somehow. And someone did design them, they are someone’s creation too.
I mounted the toaster on a stretched canvas, and hopefully, I’ll it up on the wall sometime. Or not, considering that it took us 18 months to get anything on our walls!
Or, I might sell it.. you never know…
Right, kettle, you’re next!