Title: "Is This Real and My War: Blackwork Sampler ft. G. Sage and R. Pettibon" 

Medium: hand embroidered black silk and linen threads on white linen fabric and hand dyed pillowcase

Dimensions: 18" x 18"

Date: 2013

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About the hand embroidery: The dimension of only the embroidered white cloth is 12" x 12". The embroidery technique is called Blackwork. It is entirely hand embroidered. The threads I used are mostly linen or silk, in a variety of thicknesses. 

 (L) Wipers "Is This Real?" (1980);  (R) Black Flag "My War" (1984)

(L) Wipers "Is This Real?" (1980);  (R) Black Flag "My War" (1984)

The imagery is a combination of the album art from the Wipers' "Is this Real?" and Black Flag's "My War". The purpose of this embroidery was to serve as a sampler of my skill and the imagery is a tribute to Greg Sage (of the Wipers) and Raymond Pettibon (The artist responsible for the cover of "My War"). The alphabetical arrangement of the type is a reference to embroidery samplers and is my attempt to obfuscate the words so a viewer does not "read" the piece. 

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Detail from "Is This Real and My War: Blackwork Sampler ft. G. Sage and R. Pettibon" 

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Detail from "Is This Real and My War: Blackwork Sampler ft. G. Sage and R. Pettibon"