God bless Etsy, the corner of the internet where anything you dream can be made manifest and shipped to your door. When I read about Elana Alexander, the artist who turned her catcalls into cross-stitches, the first thing I thought was, “Damn, it’s been a while since I’ve looked into cross stitches on Etsy.”
Funny cross stitches are not the domain of ironic misandry alone: Anything that doesn’t seem like something your grandma would say has probably gone on a cross stitch on Etsy. Check out these 11 Etsy cross-stitches for some cognitive dissonance-inducing home decor.
You can color them, you can pluck them, or you can let them grow wild atop your head like Gloria Steinem. But artist Jessica Lagunas had different ideas for her grey hair: she plucked each strand and saved them up each year and used the hairs to embroider her age on black canvas. Beginning at age 33, Lagunas began an annual tradition of embroidering her age with the grey hairs atop her head — she calls it an “ongoing life project.” Other cool artworks by Lagunas about the concept of femininity include a video where she continually paints her nails with red nail polish for two hours and another where she continually applies red lipstick for an hour. Very cool. [Jessica Lagunas]
The #1 most embroidered phrase in history is probably “Home Sweet Home,” closely followed by “Bless This House” and “Live, Laugh, Love.” Those saccharine sentiments are nice and all, but we prefer our embroidery to have a little bit more edge, which is where Etsy comes in. Click through to check out 8 examples of irreverent embroidery, featuring profanity, an STD, and some of our favorite lines from pop culture…
Kanye West’s Twitter is really the gold standard of outrageous celebrity Twitter-izing, and so it makes sense that embroidery magician Amy Sheridan has chosen West’s Twitter as her raison d’etre. She’s embroidered several of her favorite Kanye tweets for your pleasure, and will happily craft your favorite 140-character West saying for a very-reasonable $40 bucks. Great holiday gift or greatest holiday gift? [Supervelma]
Sarah over at Totally Severe really knows how to make embroidery happen. But she doesn’t do your standard hearts and flowers kind of stuff. Oh no, she does whimsical, pop culture-laden designs that will make you laugh and probably scratch your head. As she explains it, “These are the products of idle hands and a disturbed mind.” They’re available for sale on her site, and they’re going fast, so act now if you want your very own embroidered version of Kenneth the Page and Tracy Jordan as Raphaelite angels. Click through to see some of her other awesome creations!
British artist Inge Jacobsen creates cross-stitched covers of Vogue with painstaking detail. Says Jacobsen, “With the over saturation of images, my practice seeks to intervene in this overwhelming consumption from the mass produced and alter it to create something unique. By using intricate and, at times, painstaking technique such as embroidery, I am disrupting the easy consumption of these images.” And turning the fashion world on its head. [Mounts] Keep reading »