In 2016, I hope to complete a cross-stitch project every 1-2 months and write a more detailed post about each project. To that end, I present my latest project – a reproduction of Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced (1967).
I chose this particular album cover for several reasons. First, I’ve always loved the album cover (the colors for the project were probably my most vivid to date). Second, I have a long-term goal to create a wall of fusion album covers and wanted to pay tribute to Hendrix, who was a huge influence on jazz musicians of the 60s and 70s (never a jazz purist, I love that jazz borrows from many artists and styles outside of jazz). Third, it seemed fitting to depict a Seattle-based artist, as the city has inexplicably become my beloved home (even if the current 8 hours of daylight turns me into a caffeine-resistant slug and I live in constant fear of a mega-quake because I will always be a neurotic Midwesterner at heart). Finally, there are sentimental attachments to this album that would take too long and be completely unnecessary for me to explain.
As someone who continually cycles through various interests and hobbies, it amazes me that I’ve been sticking with photo-stitching for 3 1/2 years. I like that my projects are music-related. I usually cross-stitch while listening to music, whether at home or at live concerts. While I used to feel socially-awkward about cross-stitching in public, I’ve now come to accept that it helps calm my mind and gives my hands something to do. It allows me to feed my visual arts side without straying too far from my musical self.
In 2016, I plan to keep on stitching album-based projects. However, I also hope to expand my repertoire to larger, poster-sized projects in and outside of music. Stay tuned for more!