Lover’s Eye

Lover's Eye Embroidery by Suzanne Forbes Nov. 2015Since I’m not set up for painting yet here, I have to do my painting with thread.

This work is an homage to the Georgian tradition of “lover’s eyes“, miniature paintings of the eye of the beloved that could be carried as a secret token.

Embroidering eyes takes ridic amounts of time. Both the eyes I’ve done have layers and layers of thread, many hidden from view. Since I’m an extremely process-oriented artist, I don’t mind the “wasted” labor. I think of it as a palimpsest; the secret, hidden previous versions add mystery!

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