Using Free Motion Machine Embroidery, Paints and Fabric I sketch out things I see, do and experience in my hometown of Portland, Oregon.
I make bags, tees, mugs, journals, stickers and more from the images.
I go jogging all the time over this crazy Pedestrian Overpass called the N. Going Bikeway. It runs over Going Street before Swan Island. I run down Concord and hit this twisting concrete structure that opens up into a whale of a ribcage. There is a bizarre collection of locks, lots of locks, hanging from the top of the cage. There is also a tiny patch of grass that they've named Pittman Addition HydroPark with a couple of metal sculptures in it. I might have to eventually sew those out too.
With this piece I painted it first and then sewed it out. I like this process better because it feels more natural and less like painting inside the lines.