Laughing Girl, Vintage Photo Collage on Purple
Amy Sunshine Designs – Contemporary embroidery, hoop art, and felted home décor. This listing links to my shop on Etsy where you can see what I have in stock. If this item has been sold, ask me about creating something similar. I am open to custom made orders! Click on the Shop on Etsy button to visit.
Laughing Child on Purple – Embroidered Hoop Art
What could be nicer than laughter made visible?
This is my second iteration of the Laughing Girl. I so loved the photo of this laughing child from the 1950s that I wanted to explore an additional design. (You can see my original design, Girl Laughing Flowers, on this site.)
This time, I transferred the vintage photo onto a delicately printed Japanese cotton, giving the piece a slightly textured undertone. Then I found some fabric I’ve been saving for a special occasion (a Kaffe Fassett print) in a wonderful shade of lilac. I used this fabric to create a crescent-shaped frame around the photo.
Of course, I felt the need to do some embroidery (I always feel the need to stitch!) Using white sashiko thread from Japan, I followed the print of the fabric, making the embroidery represent her laughter.
The colors are fresh and contemporary, set against the neutral background.
The hoop is 6.25″ in diameter. (If you’d like a similar piece made larger, I can make it for you.)
This piece is small and neutral enough to work in any room, either hung on a wall or showcased on a table or shelf. What a great way to own an original piece of art and add personality to your decor!
AMY SUNSHINE DESIGNS
I want to make you smile!
All my work is infused with color and a bit of whimsy.
These days, I’m charmed by vintage photos. Don’t most people look grim in antique portraits? That’s because they needed to sit still for the camera. But I’ve collected rare images of people having a great time. Across all these years, they can still make us smile.
You’ll see that spirit in my hoop art, which combines photo transfer with embroidery, beading and touches of antique lace.
My colorful felt pieces are all hand felted and hand dyed. They are truly a labor of love! I have to create my own fabric from raw wool – and then dye it several times – before I can even begin a design. (Whose idea was this?)
I also make custom pieces. Want one of your own photos transformed into a one-of-a-kind work of art? Commission me to create personalized wedding, engagement, anniversary, or birthday gifts. Or browse through my existing pieces and find one that speaks to you. Let’s talk!
This listing links to my shop on Etsy where you can see all that I have in stock. If this piece has been sold, I may be able to make you something similar.
And for those who ask, the answer is yes … Sunshine is my real name. I was born with it.
Amy Sunshine Designs
I am a fiber artist who has studied across the U.S. It is my deepest hope that my art will make you smile. In this world of technology and isolation, we forget that we are really all connected - across continents, and across time. I love finding vintage images of people from the past who have something to teach us today. And I love finding whimsy and joy wherever it may arise. My works draw on images from many eras of people having FUN. The materials have been gathered from across the world, with an emphasis on highest quality. Hand-made materials beat machine-made every time. I like to incorporate found objects into my work, and I especially like to play with the juxtaposition of reality and fantasy. For example, many of my hoop photos are embroidered in the background and realistic in the foreground - or vice versa. My felted pieces are very different from my hoops, and you won't see anything else like them on the web. Maybe this is because they are so labor-intensive: before I can begin to create a piece, I first have to create the felt from raw wool, and then dye it several times to make patterns. The felt collages are embellished with embroidery, knitting, and sometimes even rug hooking! Please browse around and let me know if anything strikes your fancy! Warm regards, Amy