Friday, January 16, 2009

Embroidery: Perky Boobies


("Perky Boobies", embroidery floss on burlap,
4 ft. 7 in. high by 3 ft. 8 in. wide)
*click to enlarge*

I've gotten several requests to show some of my embroidery work on this blog and so I've decided to post them on an intermittent basis.

The above piece, part of my post-modern sampler series, came about after I had finally overdosed on all those addictive celebrity magazines (you know the ones I mean). After devouring about 1,000 of them, I realized that although the names and faces changed, there were really only three or four stories to be told: who's sleeping with who, who's breaking up with who, who's borderline anorexic and who's had plastic surgery.

The latter insight was the one that really stuck in my throat. It frustrated me that in today's world women are judged less on their talents and more on whether or not they are rocking a really great set of 36 D's.

Every stitch sewn in completing "Perky Boobies" was made as a small personal rebellion against a society which pressures women to be perfect and teaches men that the exterior is more important than what lies beneath.

Where do you stand?

24 comments:

little augury said...

That is too true as well as highly entertaining- what is equally true & I can vouch for,having gone thru many Vogue magazines lately from 2000-many of their so called perfect 10 couples are perfect with someone else(maybe even the other perfect 10's- 10---if you know what I mean?)
Thanks for being a rebel-United we stand.

Sasha said...

My stand is to not read those magazines in the first place. They're exploitative all around.

I love the work it led to, though!

TheDecoDetective said...

I stand excactly where you stand! What an excellent way of proclaiming your views =D
Trudi

Jessica said...

Love it. I'm sure it's especially difficult given you live right in the middle of it all. When I lived in Los Angeles, I actually considered inflating my darling A-cups to the point of visiting different plastic surgeons. THANKFULLY I never went through with it. I love my darling girls just the way they are.

pve design said...

Oh a woman after my own heart and soul.
The threads you weave as well as the words are spun like gold.
After all, they are all just boobs.

Devon said...

Your needlepoint was creative and absolutely hilarious. Absolutely adore your blog.

May I point to Vogue January 2009 as perhaps the emergence of a new viewpoint? I noticed, under the list of 10-best dressed, a Harvard law school student, a London School of Economics bioscience student and an investor at one of the world's 'prominent money management firms.'

A light at the end of the tunnel may we hope?

mary said...

You are too funny and it's too true.
Thanks for my morning laugh

Jill said...

I love this needlepoint piece! Don't get me wrong...I'm glad I have perky boobies. No surgery involved, just no children involved either. I feel like those magazines are like a car wreck you can't look away from...I try not to even look. I can't imagine being dissected like that...I have to admit, sometimes I buy the ones with the big "Guess who has cellulite?!" headline. With all of the airbrushing in todays print, it makes me feel a bit better about myself.

So Lovely said...

Amen to that. I couldn't agree more. I am in the "entertainment industry" and you are so right on.

two hippos said...

oh so true, isn't it just so sad that we feel the need to alter the way we look for society. But having said that your fabulous embroidery did make me chuckle! Luckily I only get a dose of celeb magazines at the hairdressers and have managed to discover a much more fulling life, the thought of needless surgery fills me with horror too.

CashmereLibrarian said...

Priceless! I wish I had had your creativity and humor when I was on my cross-stitch kick twenty years ago. I did way too many sickening country samplers!
I think it's great, too, how you added the date and place. Really, it will be a true artifact from our current culture!

hmstrjam said...

!!

Pigtown-Design said...

I was reading New York Social Diary the other day and realized that so many of the women looked interchangable. All blond, big cheeks, botoxed to the point of frozeness and perky tits. BOOOOORING!!!

ALL THE BEST said...

Lisa this is BRILLIANT!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Clearly on your team as I watch in amazement as women I know hop on this band wagon. I gave up the magazines in a rare successful new years resolution two years ago. Never looked back. The sampler is outstanding.

hmstrjam said...

i had to post a small etching in response...

JMW said...

Love this needlepoint - I'm right there with you. I've never been well endowed and after two children, well, you can imagine. But, this is who I am and I'm not going to surgically enhance myself for society.

Rachel said...

I love it!!!
My grandmother used to do needlework and samplers - if only she would have done something like this! It would bring a smile to my face everytime I saw it.

Yes, it's very sad that in this modern age so much attention is paid to the way we look. It is depressing at times. And like Pigtown Design said, what's even more depressing (at least to me) is that everyone looks so homogenous now! These 50-60 year old women who look younger than me in pictures, and not because of good genes and lifestyle!

anon said...

The size of this is amazing...and the edgy point is wonderful

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oiasantorini said...

society may teach boys...but "men" know better.
at least they should ;-)

Buy Viagra said...

I was waiting for new stories like these, I can see this is a kind of post modern series, I'd like to have a sample in may hands to see if that's really good.

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