Mardeen Gordon

I am 52 years old, living in Ben Lomond for the past 22 years, and I have always been a creator of things that make you go “Wow!”

I have been a commercial sign maker since 1983, but I have been making art long before that.

My mom taught me to embroider when I was 9, and I decorated a lot of jackets and blue jeans through my teens and twenties. When I was working on my BA in Fine Art at UCSB, I was intrigued by the Impressionist technique of putting bits of color side by side and letting the viewer’s eye do the blending. I thought “This could be done in thread!” So I started by embroidering Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh on the back of my husband’s denim jacket.

25 years later, I have completed 14 embroidered interpretations of well-known artworks, album covers and original compositions, and am currently working on two simultaneous commissions to embroider Joni Mitchell’s Hejira album cover.

Each one takes months and hundreds of hours of actual stitching to complete, and seeing a photo of them really doesn’t do justice to the texture and subtle play of light on the cotton floss. I hope to share my Embroidistry with as many people as possible. Art lovers, needle workers, crafters and quilters will appreciate every minute that goes into creating the fine details. 

As long as I can see well enough to thread a needle, I will continue to create masterpieces in thread.

Fiber-Arts, Other, Textile