As part of an exploration of my current work I thought it would be interesting to try and view some well known abstract art in stitches. I’ve taken images of various paintings into one of the stitch creation programmes I use and have found the act of converting them to stitches further abstracts and creates a new view of the work.
Here’s a really obvious one, a Jackson Pollock.
I’ve scaled the stitches so that they actually look like stitches if viewing on a small screen, otherwise they tend to look blurred and out of focus. The process of playing with scale has led me to some new ideas but I’ll come to those another time….
I love this work by Otto Freundlich, one of the first ever abstract artists, sadly killed in a concentration camp.
Brighter colours tend to work best although I expect if you actually stitched these in real like the more muted colours would look good, especially in tapestry wool.
I would love to have this painting by Nicolas de Stael hanging in my home, I think it is breathtakingly beautiful. I love landscapes that can be interpreted as many different things. I don’t think it is as pretty in stitches but it is interesting how the landscape has turned into something more urban.