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*Tap, tap.* This thing on?

I’m delighted to announce the arrival of our baby girl, Astrid. Astrid arrived a bit earlier than her scheduled c-section and we are settling into life as a foursome. I’m healing up, enjoying the blissful newborn stage, and I’ll be back to our regularly scheduled program soon.

More on that later, but in the meantime, I came across this interesting artist who embroiders on top of vintage photographs of unknown faces and was smitten with her colorful, unique work. I definitely wanted to share with you, dear readers. Original article found here.


Found Photographs Embroidered With Colorful Thread by Julie Cockburn

“The Conundrum” (2016), hand embroidery on found photograph, all images courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York

London-based artist Julie Cockburn transforms vintage photographs by embroidering across their surfaces, adding bright pops of thread to portraits that are either black and white or have faded over time. Using found images from eBay and flea markets, Cockburn obscures the faces of strangers, layering the portraits with multi-colored dots, geometric patterns, or ovals in varying gradients.

Cockburn will exhibit work with The Photographers’ Gallery at The Photography Show presented by AIPAD March 30 through April 2, 2017 on New York City’s Pier 94. You can see more of Cockburn’s embroidered images on her Instagram and Facebook.

“Quizitive” (2016)

“Honeydew” (2013)

“The Secret” (2012)

“Point of View” (2014)

“The Orthodontist” (2014)

“Viewpoint” (2012)

“Morphine” (2014)

“Troublemaker” (2015)