Saturday, January 10, 2015

Something different

I thought I'd google newspaper articles about cross stitch and see what I might find.  Here are a few of my favorites

First, we have an artist who uses magazine covers as a jumping off point for collage art featuring cross stitch and other forms of embroidery:

Next up, a story about a British POW in a Nazi camp using needlepoint to spell out British patriotic statements and a subversive and obscene suggestion of what Hitler might do to himself in the dots and dashes [Morse Code] borders of a cross stitched swastika.  The Germans were so oblivious to the hidden message that they sent the sampler on a tour of POW camps to be proudly exhibited to other prisoners.

And another artist who embroiders silk screened photos lifted from newspapers

The one thread [pardon the pun] that runs through all of these articles is the amazement that granny crafts can be art or political subversion or, indeed, anything other mundane and rather trite.  Journalists are so very condescending when it comes to needlearts.


rosey175 said...

Amusing, the British POW's Morse Code. The obliviousness reminded me of the story of the perfect Aryan baby. Photos were submitted in this search and the one who was picked to be the Perfect Example... was a cute little Jewish girl. :) I like to think that someone knew what the stitch was about and allowed it anyway.

Maggee said...

Yeah--call it a 'granny craft' again, will ya??

Julie said...

Solders who stitched I always found amazing.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Have you ever seen the Mr X Stitch blog? Jamie links up with various different news stories about cross stitch, embroidery and soft toy felting among other things.
He recently carried a story about a Pi Day stitching which I would love to join in with.