Artist Amy Richards showing her work at Steel String Brewery for the 2nd Friday Art Walk this month. Steven's wife, Steph, will be playing the evening of the opening on July 11th.
Sew In Love
Artist Statement 2014
I still remember the way it felt to run my fingers over the raised threads of the
embroidery on the pillows of my childhood bed. The bright orange and yellow
flowers had been sewn by hand by my mother who would later teach me how to
embroider and sew in the first grade. I loved those pillows.
The embroidery used in this series pays homage to my Mom and her passing
down this craft to me. The content of the work is based on my continued
fascination with, what I refer to as, "wedding culture." Illustrations are created
based on wedding iconography such as engagement rings, cake toppers, and
flowers and transferred and embroidered onto vintage pillowcases. I chose
vintage pillowcases as my canvas because of their intimate relationships to
strangers. Portions of the patterns on the pillowcases are also embroidered and
incorporated into the composition.
Amy attended Kent State University where she earned her BA in Art Education in
2004. She has shown in various venues throughout the triangle over the past
eight years. She has illustrated many coloring books including The ABCs of NC.
She is currently working on her first children's book about a Boston Terrier with