I’ve always preferred art that feels like it is from the mind or eyes of the artist rather than an exact replica of reality. So as an artist, whether I’m drawing, painting or stitching, I’m attracted to scenes that tell a story—and my goal is to create something that shares a new approach to something familiar. I want people to see one of my pieces and reflect about what it reminds them of, and wonder what it was inspired by. I want the visual experience of viewing the piece to take some time, to look at the stitches and then think about the image. The writer Joan Didion once said, "Remember what it is to be me. That is always the point." That's what I'm aiming for in art... to see the person behind the creation; and when I create, I'm trying to remember me.
I've created a some new embroidery pieces over the last few months, which are now listed in the shop on my website: check out what's available. If you're local to D.C. you can also see and shop my pieces in person at the Brief Assembly pop-up shop, in the Union Market district. The store features designers and independent brands from across the US; open Thursdays-Sundays through May.
Happy 2018! I'm excited to share that I've created a new Instagram account totally dedicated to my embroidery: @noraknoxembroidery. I was motivated to create the account because when I looked at my 2017 top nine photos, eight of the nine were embroidery—so I decided that it makes sense to create an account that's primarily focused on this content. My goal is to share more work, more frequently. Hope you'll follow along :)
If you're local to DC and are still in need of some holiday gifts—or you just want to browse a beautiful store—stop by the Brief Assembly pop-up shop, in the Union Market district. The store features designers and independent brands from across the US—including some of my hand-stitched embroidery pieces. Open this week from Tuesday, Dec. 19 to Saturday, Dec. 23, at 11 am-7 pm.
From the first time I picked up a piece of thread and attempted to capture my visions with embroidery—I’ve been fascinated with the intersection of humans and nature, and with doors and plants. For each of these things, there’s so much story behind them. When we invite plants into our living spaces, our homes, inside and out, we learn that we are better together. Not only do they bring life into our lives, but they also remind us of the cycle of life.
You know that word game where one person says one word and another immediately says one that relates to the first word, and you go back and forth, back and forth, exchanging related words, but also new ideas? I played this game the other day with myself as I explored all of the things that doors represent: welcome, comfort, rest, safety, responsibility, unknown, truth, privacy, familiar people, new people. More than anything, whether you are walking through a new door or an unknown door, doors provide an opportunity to enter, to make the right choice, and to be the better you.