Category Archives: Embroidery &Mixed Media Art

A jeweled headpiece for Berlin artist Ixa Psyborg!

Headpiece for Ixa Psyborg by Suzanne Forbes August 2021There is of course a great tradition of figurative artists making accessories for favorite performers.

Alphonse Mucha designed jewelry for Sarah Bernhardt! So when someone inspires me with their style like Ixa Psyborg does, I find it quite reasonable to create something completely unique for them. And the timing worked out great with this piece!

Ixa has so much new music & art right now!

Check out their new music video for “Codex” out on Youtube, Codex streaming on soundcloud, and a new LP, “Androidgyne”, dropping on August 31.

Plus gigs all over town! Ixa is one of the performers at an incredible show this Sept. 5 at queer clubhouse Monster Ronsons – “Psychedelicious” features the original music of Berlin drag performers!

I outdid myself with this headpiece I must say!

Like the one I made for GodXXX Noirphiles, It is based on a transparent blue acrylic mask. The “horns” are made of Angelina Fantasy Film, custom cast UV resin crystals and butterflies, mermaid pearls, Swarovski crystals, jelly crystals, microbeads, glass beads and UV drips and drops, which are cured on the fly in the sun.

It is fairly light, and robustly constructed, so it can be worn on stage, flung around, packed in a costume suitcase, etc.

I drilled holes through the mask at the earpieces and wired the “horns” of Angelina Film on to make it structurally sound.

It takes a long time to make one of these!

Curing the UV resin is a very slow process, and getting the two sides balanced compositionally is really hard!

After each dendritic cluster of drips is formed, I add pearls, crystals, and microbeads, secured with glue.

Then I go back and secure everything with resin. Then more drips, curled colored craft wire, more microbeads (these have to be attached with glue because the surface tension of the resin is too high to hold their light weight) and more pearls.

It’s very satisfying and meditative!

As I have said before, I also see these pieces as psychonaut companions, a safe place to put your consciousness if a situation or psychedelic experience is challenging. You can drift off into their infinite detail quite peacefully!

Ixa Psyborg Berlin by Suzanne Forbes September 26 2020Here is the drawing I made of Ixa performing at twilight last year, with the colors that inspired the headpiece.

Ixa is on Insta, Youtube as Ixa Music, bandcamp, and Soundcloud. Check out this Berlin talent!!

Make Own Light: an embroidered anglerfish in the depths.

Make Own Light Anglerfish embroidery by Suzanne Forbes June 16 2021I can’t believe I never made an anglerfish before!

I love them and I’m so afraid of both the dark and the deep ocean that anything that has its own light source down there is my hero,

Make Own Light Anglerfish embroidery by Suzanne Forbes June 16 2021Glad I had this pretty oval hoop and some black felt to hand when I thought of it.

I feel like this is a theme I could work on a bit, experimenting with different ways to express the depth, darkness and pressure of the ocean.

Make Own Light Anglerfish embroidery by Suzanne Forbes June 16 2021As well as the luminosity of the fish!

I used some pale blue glitter thread, DMC Light Effects, around the fish’s light tentacle. Even though it is a pure absolute fucksicle to use!! It is worth the hassle in small, small amounts.

We are all under a lot of pressure, in the dark, this last year and a half. I am so grateful for my work and my Patrons, whose support has allowed me to keep making my own light.