I popped uptown to see the Americana Show by Stephen Wilson presented by The New Gallery of Modern Art on my way back from Charleston. I was blown away by the detail and scale of this series. See more of the intricate process.
Look at the stats…35 Million stitches.
The artist and family in front of this wondrous feat.
Here is a detail of the 2″ blocks that comprise many of the pieces in the a combination of Hermes scarves, embroidery and 3 – D Printing.
I am wowed by the innovation and sheer amount of work it takes to put together these pieces.
“The medium is the message. There is a long list of artists that create art using traditional means. However, Stephen Wilson is anything but traditional. The medium used for his pieces is predominantly fabric and thread, combined with sculptural 3D printing, laser engraving, and painting. When you examine one of his pieces closely you will notice that each line and element is created with thread on top of luxurious fabrics. Some of his pieces contain millions of embroidery stitches and take hundreds of hours to create. Fashion influence is prevalent in his pieces. The fabrics used include Hermès silk, Chanel wool, fabrics by Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Dolce & Gabanna, and Brunello Cucinelli. He is influenced by contemporary art, pop art, street art, graffiti, and iconography, as well as traditional quilting and handicrafts. Each piece is unique and expertly crafted in his Charlotte, North Carolina, studio, using both traditional and modern tools.
Stephen Wilson is a conceptual artist known for work that blends a high fashion influence, traditional quilting, and Americana. He has been an industry leader in both the fashion embroidery and home embroidery world, as well as an industry speaker, writer, and educator. His pieces have been included in solo gallery exhibitions, group exhibitions, and museum shows, and are collected by art enthusiasts worldwide
Born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, Stephen Wilson is a conceptual artist whose unique medium carries his message. Blending luxury fabric, 3D-printed sculptures, laser-engraved acrylics, and highly detailed embroidery pieces, Wilson’s manipulation of multiple materials produces wholly original works of art. His early career in the commercial fashion industry ,along with a wildly successful embroidery software company, has equipped Stephen with a range of technical skills. Wilson relays strong messages by channeling Americana, high fashion, and traditional crafts.”
While I have been in awe of Stephen’s work for a while, his latest series that is just launching really captured me. We clearly have the same passion for fashion. I am coveting one of his new box series that is comprised of embroidered boxes from luxury fashion brands.
Hermes or rainbow Valentino are my absolute favorites. I cannot wait to go to the studio to see them all in person.
He can also do a custom piece with your box.
LOVE this dog!
This may be my favorite!
Every fashionista needs a fab box ASAP!
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