Courtney M Cox
About The Artist
Courtney Cox •
Fiber and Textiles - Homegoods • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
Working as a fiber artist with a specialization in hand embroidery, my art addresses modern observations through an ancient lens. Using the everyday tools of a needle and thread, my social commentary art tells the stories of society one thread at a time. My work often uses portraiture to investigate and communicate about issues and experiences. These pieces are often stitched as a response to my own emotions as I observe and move through the world. Self-taught in the art of hand embroidery, my work does not consciously adhere to any rules or traditions apparent in the legacy of hand embroidery. In my work I have combined hand embroidery with watercolor and found objects, as well as employing unusual mounting, such as onto a backward canvas or flyswatter. Often, I work with dissolving fabric and the cutting away of materials. In every piece, my careful use of needle and thread invokes a sense of discovery.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
My process begins with the selection of a reference photo that is then sketched onto dissolving fabric. I hand embroider the portrait using a blend of cotton, synthetic, and metallic embroidery floss. When the portrait is finished, I cut away the excess fabric, dissolve what remains, and select a final surface for mounting. I often use unusual mounting practices, such as fly swatters or plastic. Other times, I will stitch the portrait to a different fabric, which is then stretched over artist's canvas.