Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Folk embroidery

Years ago, I started embroidering. I'm not sure why I was drawn to it, but it's evolved to the point that I now always have an embroidery sitting around I'm working on. Just like a book you're currently reading. Little by little, you finally complete it. 

I'd call myself an outsider or folk artist because I'm not trained, and in fact I'm not even sure if what I do is technically embroidering or something else altogether. 

Despite, I really enjoy it. 

Last night I finished one and I thought I'd share it here. It's a black hollyhock, my favorite flower alongside poppies, wearing a crown. Or does the crown wear the hollyhock? I can't say for sure just yet...

tiffany davidson - folk embroidery - outsider art - folk art

And here are some others I've completed in the last year...

tiffany davidson - folk embroidery - strange art

tiffany davidson - folk embroidery - strange art
"The mandrake is a plant; its roots grow in human form, male and female, and shriek when torn from the ground. It is of great use in medicine, but anyone who hears the plant's cry dies or goes mad. It was therefore a custom to tie a hungry dog to the plant by a cord and place a piece of meat beyond its reach. To get at the meat the dog tugged at the cord and dragged up the plant, while its master remained safely out of hearing." (-The Medieval Bestiary)

tiffany davidson - folk embroidery - strange art