First project in our new home.

beetle_Suzanne_Forbes_Sept_2015Yes, I love bugs and I cannot lie.

This is the first project I finished in our new home, a small but very detailed embroidery using multiple gauges and types of metallic thread to sort of drill down into the shiny carapace. The idea is that stringing a fine web of metallic thread over a two or three color satin-stitch fade will help to make it shine without obscuring the color, like interferent paints.

Our new kitchen has amazing light, and it has rapidly become my favorite workspace for detailed handwork. It’s kind of a construction site, since like many traditional Berlin rentals it was a BYOK- Bring Your Own Kitchen- and we get a little into setting it up, then run out of money and take a break. But I love it anyway, so much. Working in here, I am as happy as I’ve ever

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About Suzanne Forbes

Suzanne Forbes is a traditionally trained figurative artist who makes documentary art of queer culture and Berlin life. She also works in mixed media. She is a former New Yorker who immigrated to Berlin with her third husband and their two cats. Her work is crowdfunded by the support of her Patrons on Patreon; you could help! In previous lives Suzanne was a graffiti artist in downtown NY, a courtroom artist for CBS and CNN, a penciller for DC Comics on Star Trek, and a live-drawing chronicler of Bay Area alternative culture.

3 thoughts on “First project in our new home.

  1. Tinny

    I thought that photo was one of those black-and-white photos with some colors left intentionally–I was like, good God, why would you do such a thing—but your kitchen really looks like that!

    1. Suzanne Forbes Post author

      Ha,yes it is going to be all black & white, a place to display all the black and white things I’ve made/collected over the years, that would look weird in the saturated color of the other rooms. I have several gray scale paintings that I made as exercises in college that I’m going to hang, plus the creepy B&W dollies!

  2. Pat Ketchum

    The bug is beautiful. I used some gold metallic thread on a cross stitch picture I made and I loved using it. I just love seeing your kitchen! It looks wonderful. Great installation job.


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