Aubrey Longley-Cook's latest embroidery animation is premiering December 14 at the Service Face exhibition at the Barbara Archer Gallery in Atlanta. And guess who got to be a part of it?
|RuStitch Grid, by 35 artists. Aubrey Longley-Cook (2013)
Me! I stitched Frame 11.
A little background... In February of 2013, Aubrey gathered 35 artists at the Wonderroot studio in Atlanta to participate in an X stitch workshop, where each of us stitched one frame for a new animation he created. I knew it was crazy to join this -- I was in the midst of a terrible flare of pernicious anemia and it involved driving six hours, one way, to Atlanta, three times in three weeks.
I was so weak that I couldn't drive myself, so I wound up taking a bus for the last trip, which turned out to be a fantastically colorful and fun experience. Jamie Chalmers later told me he thought it was a bit "mental." A six hour drive is basically the length of an entire country in his neck of the woods (UK).
|Frame 11, WIP 1, Olisa Corcoran (2013)
But there was no way I could pass up the opportunity to meet and work with Aubrey, an artist whose huge talent and creativity is matched only by his warmth and sense of inclusion.
|With Aubrey. I love this photo because I look so
star struck! (And anemic.)
The RuPaul animation is part of his larger exhibition called Serving Face. Here is the description from the Barbara Archer Gallery:
|Frame 11, WIP 2 (2013)
|Frame 11, WIP 3 (2013)