Chloë Amy Avery’s embroidery work doesn’t look anything like embroidery. Using thread as paint, a needle as a brush, and her tray of floss as her palette, her large scale work looks like hyper-realistic paintings. That is until you take a closer look.
Her subject, more often than not, is food. “Food carries memory and culture. It tells our stories,” explains Avery on her website. “I love to draw, I love food, so I thought why not try using thread as a medium and combine the things I love and am interested in,” she added in an interview with Dark Yellow Dot.
“I have developed a process that I know works for me in my creative process,” she went on to explain. “Depending on the piece I’m working on will vary the process. For my bigger plates of food I cook the dish, compose the food for the correct photo, and then take many photos to capture the food in its best light and composition. The other approach I take is to make a colored sketch for a photo I have taken or a combination of photos to create the best image ready to stitch.” She then draws a very basic sketch on fabric and changes it as she goes along.
“I’m always thinking of new ideas and yet there is not enough time to do them all,” admitted the artist. “My next big focus is on raw food. The key to the next project will be about composition. I’m always excited to start new projects.”
Take a closer look.