Wednesday, July 30, 2008

my fifteen minutes of fame


I've been a bit absent minded, both when it comes to updating here & crafting, for the last couple of weeks. But now I'm at least done with "the Valerie Solanas project", wich is actually a cross stitch I've done on request for my friend Siska's birthday. The birthday was a couple of weeks ago, but as usual it took me a bit more time to finish than i'd planned.




It is of course the first paragraph/sentence from Solana's SCUM manifesto, the raging text about all that's wrong in society. You could discuss Solana's writing & thoughts for days if you wanted to - was she a complete lunatic who committed a violent crime (she shot Andy Warhol!) & promoted a hateful feminist philosophy? Or was she a brilliant writer/artist that got abused & mistreated by everyone & everything in her life? I'm too tired do get into that right now (maybe I'll edit this later) but I think that, if you're Swedish, you should pick up a copy of Sara Stridsberg's book Drömfakulteten. It's a beautiful odyssey into the mind of Valerie, from the authors own fantasies & conception of her. Just read it.

Here's some close ups of the cross stitch:







I'm not a hundred percent happy with the way it turned out, can't say exactly what's wrong but I think it's something with the colors... & it's a pity that I don't have a better camera, 'cause it would've been nice if the pics shoved that I've used metallic silver floss for the smoke coming out of the guns. But I guess you can't get all that you ask for in life. Tomorrow it goes in the mail down to Gothenburg!

8 comments:

Pauline said...

Den är fantastisk!

katielee said...

I think it's totally rad! First time poster, long time admirer. Yer composition is well balanced: the heavy pistols keep the weight at the base, and the solanas quote seems to elevate and make the motif fit as a whole. One of my favorite thus far. :)

Tiger said...
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TiGER c/o SEWiCiDE said...

Den blev ju skitfin ju, Johanna!

siska said...

Den förgyller helt klart mitt hem. ser väldigt snygg ut över sängen.

johanna said...

katielee: thank you! i was a bit unsure about the composition for a while, but now i actually like it a lot.

alla andra: tack tack!

torrance said...

Why haven't I commented on this before?? I love it! Especially the guns! Is there a pattern out there for them??

johanna said...

torrance - i made the pattern from a stencil from stencil punks (http://stencilpunks.mattrunningnaked.com/). have it as a pdf, i can mail it to you if you want to?

 
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