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Bonnie C. Epstein

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Artist Biography

Bonnie C. Epstein discovered the potential of thread, color, and texture in her grandmother’s yarn shop and honed her craft while designing embroidery for the garment industry. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, among them “Pulp Function” which opened at the Fuller Craft Museum in 2007, then traveled to museums across the United States. She has lived on Manhattan’s Upper West Side since 1978 and is a member of New York Artists Circle and the Center For Book Arts.

Artist STATEMENT

I work with repurposed paper, threads and the camera on my phone. Both stitching and photography enable me to explore the potential of textures, patterns and shadows. Each also enables me to tell stories.

I stitch lacelike paper structures. Because the papers I use are infused with text, these structures are frequently books, often either chronicles, or commentaries. I harvest clippings, coat them with matte medium and machine stitch them to interfacing. Then I use hand embroidery stitches to connect and embellish my paper elements.

Stitching is labor intensive and time consuming. Photography is instant gratification. Together they create a perfect balance.

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