Posts Tagged ‘stitches’

Tanti Auguri

Posted on: December 24th, 2011 by jmbroekman

Ho Ho Ho.

Here’s wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season, however and whatever you may be celebrating. May 2012 bring light, warmth, and plenty of laughter your way.

Tanti Auguri (best wishes) from us in Italy!

Buttonhole Binding

Posted on: May 1st, 2011 by jmbroekman 2 Comments

A great way to start the month of May…

Yesterday I went to a workshop to learn how to make a Buttonhole book. Today, in order to make sure I didn’t forget all that I learned yesterday, I folded a series of prints that had not yet been attacked with scissors (or worse), and bound them up in a Buttonhole book. On the left is the prototype that I did yesterday (with a little letterpress red house on the cover), on the right another view of today’s adventure in the studio.


Common Thread

Posted on: September 29th, 2010 by jmbroekman
09.07.10 (detail)

October 9 – November 14, 2010

Common Thread
George Marshall Store Gallery, York, Maine

Opening reception: Saturday, October 9th, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

More info: The George Marshall Store Gallery

I am pleased to have work included in this show. Curator Mary Harding invited a small group of artists to create new work in response to a set of bedhangings in the collection of the Museums of Old York. I wrote a little bit more about this show – and my process in creating work for the show in my last post.

The image at left (which is a detail) – 09.07.10 – was the last piece I created for the show. It is a matboard etching/collage with graphite and stitches. The overall image size is around 10″ x 9″.

Not knowing when…

Posted on: August 31st, 2010 by jmbroekman 2 Comments

the dawn will come

It all started with a few lines from an Emily Dickinson poem:

NOT knowing when the dawn will come
I open every door;
Or has it feathers like a bird,
Or billows like a shore?

Well, actually, it all started with an invitation to participate in an upcoming show at the George Marshall Store Gallery, in York Maine. A number of artists were asked to respond to the Bulman Bedhangings, one of the most important objects in the Museums of Old York’s collection. I didn’t even know what a Bedhanging was before the invitation. But these are evidently the only complete set of American crewelwork to have survived from the 18th century, and quite an amazing set to see. By clicking the link above (on the Bulman Bedhangings text) you can see a small photo of them and read more about them.

I had long considered adding stitches to some of my collages, and this proved the perfect opportunity to start experimenting with yet another way to add color: embroidery thread. At left is a detail of the first piece I worked on. It evolved, as most of my work does, over a span of time. In the beginning there were just the words; then I printed a monotype on top of the words; next were some collage elements – the lace on top and bottom were stitched on; and finally stitches, and after hanging on the wall for a few weeks, more stitches (to try and tone down the heavy handedness of Emily’s quiet words).

Stay tuned for more details about the show itself – which happens in October! If you’d like to get a sneak preview of more of this new work, click here.