Obsessed: Artist Erin M. Riley Weaves Sexy Selfies

Weaving in general is my obsession and in addition to spending most of my free time at the loom, I also search Instagram for other weavers in hopes of finding inspiration and new techniques. There’s plenty of great work, but a lot of it is … the same. Lots of geometric, vaguely Southwestern patterns, or really organic, free-formed designs.  I count myself among those weavers doing similar work, by the way, but I’m getting closer to finding my own signature style and I’m super inspired by those who’ve carved out a unique niche for themselves.

No one exemplifies that more than Erin M. Riley, a Brooklyn-based weaver who transforms photographs, in particular the kind of “sexy” selfies that have become ever-present on the Internet, into intricate and and extremely beautiful woven textiles. “I am drawn to the images taken for private exchanges that become littered on the internet,” she has said of her work. “I am using my own images that I have sent to lovers as well as the objects that I have formed psychological attachments to, objects that have impacted people’s lives, displays of arrests, deaths, addictions.” The work is provocative, especially since it both defies (subject matter) and exemplifies (technique) the art form’s traditions. Click through for some of my favorite pieces by Erin M. Riley and check out her website for more. [Erin M. Riley]