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HAND EMBROIDERY

by Hooop There It Is

We interviewed Austin artist Lucy Orich about empowering women, Lizzo and nudes from strangers. Enjoy!

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How would you describe your current work? Have you ever explored other styles/mediums of art?

I would describe my work as cheeky hand embroidery that celebrates and empowers women of all shapes and sizes. As an artist, you're always branching out to learn new crafts and techniques. I've dabbled in wood burning, knitting, calligraphy, etc. but embroidery is what stuck. Even under the umbrella of needlepoint, I've done cross stitch as well as expanding my embroidery skills to try sewing clothing, hats, pins, and patches. It's always about exploring new ways to be an artist and incorporate your art within new mediums.

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I see you take custom orders, who would be your dream client? What would they want?

Oh great question! I think sewing an item of clothing for a music artist I admired would be my dream custom order. I would love to make a denim jacket for Julian Casablancas, Alex Turner, Angel Olson, Jack White, or Beck! I would also love to sew a piece of clothing for someone that represents full figured women and body positivity like Lizzo.

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Who/What inspires your work currently?

I'm always inspired by women who embody confidence, body positivity and self love at any size. Whether that's public figures like Lizzo or Ashley Graham, or someone from a facebook group or instagram that has sent me a photo of themselves feeling confident and beautiful. I've received many nudes from trusting strangers and that trust inspires me to make them feel beautiful and represented.

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Do you feel like the embroidery community is a close-knit group or do you feel like it’s every woman for herself?

I absolutely love the embroidery community, it's incredibly supportive! Embroidery is so different from person to person that you can be fully supportive without feeling like someone else's success is your failure. Some people (it's not just women!) sew dog portraits, others do landscapes, plants, cross stitch, funny sayings; no two people have the same sewing style. There's only one other embroidery artist that has overlapped on a lot of the designs I've also sewn and we actually developed a beautiful (virtual) friendship bonding over our similar aesthetic. And even then, they'll send me photos of designs they think I should do and I'll post about their work via instagram. We also have "Follow Fridays" where embroidery artists will post about fellow artists and show support. When I was starting out I was able to message other artists for advice and now it's come full circle where budding embroidery artists message me with questions and showing me their work. I love getting to pay that support forward and be in a community where everyone wants everyone else to succeed.

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What do you have going on in 2019?

2019 has been a great year for my embroidery! I recently moved from LA to Austin and I've been working on growing my business in this new city. I recently was a vendor at the CraftHer Market put on by Boss Babes, I had an Anthropologie pop up and I'm in the works for a second one, and I was a vendor during SXSW. I'm also leaning a lot towards making more clothing and jackets (I've got to wait for the Texas heat to die down) and building my inventory to prepare for the holiday season!

INFLATABLES + INTERVIEW

with Amelia Briggs

Nashville artist Amelia Briggs talked to us about 90’s toys, upcoming exhibitions and her pool float-esque sculptures. Enjoy!

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How would you describe your current work? Have you ever explored other styles/mediums of art?

I refer to my current work as "inflatables" because they remind me of pool floats and inflatable toys. This work is very much about sculpture. A few years ago my interest shifted away from 2D painting and towards a desire to treat the canvas as an object which led me to my current body of work.

If you weren’t an artist, what job do you think you would have?

I'm not sure but I love fashion and graphic design. I would like to think that I would have worked in some sort of design field, maybe something to do with marketing.

Who/What inspires your work currently?

My work all comes from an interest in childhood history. The colors, shapes and materials I use stem from memories, toys, coloring books and discarded objects. I try to capture a feeling of vague familiarity -- the sense of something rediscovered or remembered.

What are your favorite things to watch or search for on YouTube/Reddit/TV/Movies...?

I often look at vintage/90's toys and children's books online. I find small women owned fashion brands incredibly inspirational and am often looking for unique brands who seem to be moving things forward in interesting and unexpected ways.

What do you have going on in 2019?

Well, I'm participating in a textile residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in May. I have a two person show with Ellen Dempsey at an experimental space in July, then a solo exhibition at Belmont University December-January. A few other things are in the works but nothing else is set in stone.

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