I’m not used to doing portraits of other people …..but recently I received the exciting challenge from Arts Patron Stuart Trent (read more about him here) to do his portrait.
reference for ebroidery
Since I don’t know Stuart on a personal level…
I decided to make a grey-scale embroidered portrait based on the classical sculpture busts.
It also reminded me of a chess piece.
It’s the first time ever I’ve done a commission.
Luckily it was one that I had free reign to do what I wanted. That also made it difficult, because I didn’t know the art patron well. All I knew was that she has written a book called “Dans met die rooi rok” and that she wanted an embroidered rubber doll. So instead of 1 I made 3 for her to choose from.
The first one I gave a red dress, because I’ve read about the book she wrote. Unfortunately I haven’t read her book yet, but it’s on my reading list! The quote on this artwork comes from the book: “Women wedlock and the world”.
The second “doll” is called “Blomme-meisie”. and the third ones title is: “Gouelokkies was eintlik n beer/Goldilocks was actually a bear”.
Instead of one she chose two!
These two found a home:
“Ignorance” embroidery on rubber/inner tube. 400 x 180mm (private collection)
“Blomme-meisie” embroidery on rubber/inner tube. 310 x120 mm (private collection)
I do hope that she gets as much joy from these pieces as I had in making them.