The RuPaul Cross Stitch Animation Workshop is an community based embroidery and animation project. The 35 participants were taught to cross stitch, and they are currently working together to create an embroidered looping animation of RuPaul based on footage from the “Supermodel” music video. Each of the participants were assigned an individualized template based on the footage. They are each responsible for the creation of one of the cross stitch frames. Each frame is 12800 stitches. Since the original footage is B&W, each stitcher's color scheme is unique to their frame. They each picked their colors and matched their choices tonally to the original footage for registration purposes. The embroideries will animate in a rainbow of colors when composited together. There will be two animations created from the project. One will document the front view of the frames and one the back. The frames and animations will be displayed as part of Serving Face, to open at Barbara Archer Gallery on September 27, 2013. The embroideries will be framed for the show and the participating artists will be credited for their involvement. The embroideries will be returned to the participants after the show. The animations will also be displayed downtown in Atlanta for the month of September as part of The Window Project at GSU's DAEL Lab.
Funded by Boston, MA (March 2013)