As print becomes more scarce than ever, artist Lauren DiCiocci has decided to put an emphasis on the beauty of reading physical copies of newspapers. Through her “Sewn News” work, she covers editions of the New York Times in cotton muslin. The image on the paper is sewn with multicolored thread, which then dangles from the page. Take a look at some choice cuts below and read DiCiocci’s full comment on the pieces:
As news-gathering departs from paper form and is conveyed instead through the television and internet, the newspaper becomes a nostalgic and old-fashioned object. I describe the beauty of the ritual experience of newspaper-reading by describing the paper as a tactile and fragile object in the language of craft. The pieces in this series are entire issues of The New York Times encased in hand-embroidered cotton muslin. I select a photograph from the paper; usually a strong image suggestive of power, leadership or communication; and embroider the image onto the fabric, applying colors in a painterly way and layering line and thread. Portions of the image remain as outline and threads tangle and unravel from the fabric.
You can view more works of DiCiocci at her website here.
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