Sewing Patterns & (Mostly) Mixed Media Drawings

I find myself using sewing patterns for layering and collage quite a lot. I've been aesthetically attracted to them since childhood when my grandmother would always have a new pattern spread out, like an elaborate blueprint she was studying before a bank heist... open on her sewing table. We slept in her sewing room as kids, and were there a lot. I should probably mention I'm adopted and to me they represent a philosophy about intentions and trajectories and unexpected outcomes. Patterns are broken. Original intentions marred. Beauty and meaning emerge from mayhem. I like the literal experience speaking to the metaphorical of expectations being constantly adjusted as layers of weathering become visible. I also love the color of the pattern paper; it reminds me of flesh and the patina of Old Master drawings. Another childhood obsession...

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