Hoop There It Is: Using Hand Embroidery to Highlight Symbolism in Art
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Hoop There It Is is an art collection that features hand embroidery to analyze how different artists have incorporated symbolism into their work. Throughout this series, I explore how three paintings and two photographs from different genres and eras of art use symbolism to communicate with their viewer. This symbolism allows the viewer to connect with the piece and further understand the artists’ intentions. By hand stitching these details, I isolate specific imagery so that my viewers may better identify and learn about the artworks I have selected. To effectively educate my viewer about these symbols, I employ different embroidery methods to interpret and transform the details in the types of media and styles of the original artworks. I combine various textiles, color match and blend embroidery thread as well as experiment with the textural effect of various types of embroidery stitches. As a result, this embroidery series has value as a contemporary collection of art that blurs the lines of craft and fine art. While Hoop There It Is has significance as an art collection, it also functions as a teaching artifact for art historians and art history students.