Embroidered Vintage Photograph | Parrot Head by Julia Walck

I've been finding myself at a lot of tiki bars lately, and got inspired to do an embroidered parrot. What better way than to do a literal parrot head? Jimmy Buffett approved.šŸ¹ 

I actually think the back is kind of cooler than the front. It's cool to see the "behind the scenes" to a piece, especially when it's a tangled mess of thread!

Some work in progress (WIP) photos below.

(More) Embroidered Vintage Photographs by Julia Walck

Technicolor Dreams, 4"x6"

Technicolor Dreams, 4"x6"

The long weekend gave me time to catch up on some projects I've been working on (and to start new ones!)

I also had time to go antiquing! I scored this cute, 70's sewing box which is now the home to my needles and threads. 

I felt like this black and white photo needed some color, so I gave it a rainbow and let that family see in color. 

Here's what the back of the photo looks like, too. Little frayed rainbows! 

Sweet, 3"x3"

Sweet, 3"x3"

I started "Sweet" a while ago and finally wrapped it up this weekend. It was my first typographic embroidered photo and was slightly more challenging to finish. 

I hope your 3 day weekend was as sweet as this couple! 


Click here for prints of "Sweet"
Click here for prints of "Technicolor Dreams"

You can check out my first round of embroidered photos here.

Embroidered Vintage Photographs by Julia Walck

The Face of an Angle, 2.5"x3.5" 

The Face of an Angle, 2.5"x3.5" 

I've been seeing a lot of embroidery everywhere lately and thought I'd give it a shot. I started with embroidering a washed out polaroid a few weeks back; it was kind of tough due to the thickness of the film so I tried it out on thinner photographs.

I found an assortment of vintage photos at the Melrose Trading Post and stumbled upon a 20 pack of colored thread while I was there, too. If that wasn't a sign to start new projects I don't know what is. 

Searching for Rainbows, 2.5"x3.25"

Searching for Rainbows, 2.5"x3.25"

So far I've just done these 3 pieces but I'm overflowing with ideas. I'm excited to try out different techniques, color mixing and size variations. 

Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking?, 4"x5"

Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking?, 4"x5"

More to come, soon! 

Uniform Portraits | Charles Freger by Julia Walck

At work we're in the process of coming up with a new product line; and I'm gathering inspiration from anything and everything. In doing so, I stumble upon some pretty awesome things on the Internet.

One source of inspiration was decorated elephants, and Indian patterns / textiles. I soon found myself on the website of Charles Freger, a National Geographic photographer who specializes in "Portraits Photographiques et Uniformes". Freger travels the world and takes photos of different groups in cultures who have a specific unified style. From schools in India to horse jockeys, and the Chinese opera to French waterpolo teams, he's been to quite a few places around the world. 

Two of my favorite projects are the Mardi Gras Indians and the painted elephants; the contrast and color in each photograph are simply amazing. Not to mention the amount of detail put into every single aspect of the outfit. 

Mardi Gras Indians are very secretive, and typically only show in costume during Mardi Gras and carnivals. Their suits cost thousands of dollars, and as you can imagine are very weighty. Each suit is individual to the wearer as they design and create their own out of beads, feathers and sequins.

In Rajasthan, India is where the Elephant Festival Kerala takes place. Upwards of 100 elephants are painted and adorned in pure gold and silver plated caparisons, bells and necklaces. It takes place in March the day before Holi (the festival of color), and is definitely something I'd love to attend one day! 

For now, I'll keep looking at the photographs filled with color and life and dream on.