Original Stephen Wilson
The Cherry Blossom pieces are among the most beloved at the studio. The piece starts with an embroidered luxury bag. The embroidery is stitched directly through the box using tonal thread to create the base of the cherry tree. Embroidered lace flowers are then collaged onto the box for more dimension and embroidered butterflies are added as a final touch.
Stephen Wilson began his career in New York City working as a freelance fashion embroidery designer and as a result his artwork has strong ties to the fashion industry and luxury brands. Luxury brands not only create beautiful items they create amazing packaging to go with them. We often hold and display these boxes and bags for a time and then eventually discard them to make room for something else. Stephen wanted to transform these items into art pieces in their own right and the luxury series was conceived. The luxury series features one-of-a-kind pieces of art using up-cycled designer boxes, bags and packaging as a canvas. Each piece is completely unique and original, using mixed-media techniques like embroidery, quilting and assemblage before embellishing it with handmade and surprising elements. All of the elements for all of the pieces are created in his studio in Charlotte NC. Whether offering a critique on materialism, a commentary on contemporary culture, or relaying the emotion of luxury itself, the result is so stunning - a box will never simply be a box again.Dimensions: 5x5x2 inches, framed in acrylic and is presented in a gift box.
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