Embroidery onto 1960 Mao Propaganda magazine pages that were left behind in my studio in China. They are stitched using a traditional pine needle stitch with threads scavenged from the refuse of a nearby factory. They pose questions about the value of the individual vs. society while employing a traditional activity once banned by Mao's Cultural Revolution.

China Samplers I-V
Found threads, 1960s Mao propaganda magazines, varied dimensions, 2014

The Empress Dowager Just Wouldn't Listen
1965 Life Magazine Article, mixed threads, silk, clay stamp
11x17 in., 2015

 

Photos: Will Howcroft