Embroidered fashion magazines

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Inge Jacobsen is a student at Kingston University, London who is just about to graduate after having studied studying Fine Art Photography. Interestingly, she has received attention, not for her photography, but for a series of embroideries of covers of fashion magazines and pornography. On her blog Inge Jacobsen she has this to say about her work:
Another theme and concept I’m exploring in my work is the ‘objectness’ of a photograph. By bringing the surface of the image to the attention of the viewer I want them to acknowledge the pieces as objects rather than just images. It seems appropriate to do so using fashion magazines as women are often objectified within them. I believe the same is also true of porn, and I try to explore this using sewing and embroidery which is largely seen as a feminine craft. The work has political connotations whilst allowing the viewer to decide whether the work is a critique of the fashion industry or pornography or something more celebratory. I would also hope that the viewer might see an element of humour in the work.
It is quite evocative how she transforms something as photographically based as a fashion magazine cover into something that is manifestly not a photograph. Of course we've all seen paintings and drawings done from photos, but their origin is often not obviously apparent. However, Ingre's Vogue covers done in thread are unmistakable transformations from one media to another that are clearly done intentionally to contrast the two.

Along with her blog, she also has what I suspect is the the beginnings of  her professional and commercial web presence at the site ingejacobsen.com.  I think she bears watching.


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