Embroidery as Animation

Animation is probably the first way we experience visual stories in movement. Saturday morning cartoons were definitely mine, and mostly the pioneering fast frame (limited animation) stuff of the Hanna-Barbera team. Top Cat and the Wacky Races were my faves from the sixties, while the Ninja Turtles and Transformers ruled my son’s early years.

Image credit superbwallpapers.com

Image credit superbwallpapers.com

I even borrowed a phrase from Dick Dastardly’s dog Muttley for my upcoming book Quilt Talk! (psst… a hint… it doesn’t involve words!)

Despite beginning to sew at about the same age I was watching these cartoons, I never imagined that sewing and cartoons could be integrated. But that’s out the window now, because of this:


The artist, Nicos Livesey, created the drawings for animation, then digitized them for embroidery for a music video. I can’t say the music is my bag, but I’m in awe of the rendering of the concept. Stunning stuff. And a whole new way to show off mad needle skillz to the masses. Sewing machines are indeed power tools!

H/T to Kathy Loomis at Art With a Needle for the link.

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