Marcus Morris. Hand-embroidery on cotton muslin, March 2010 edition of The New York Times.

Lady Gaga. February 2010.

Lauren DiCiocci is a San Francisco based artist who’s work investigates the physical and tangible beauty of commonplace mass-produced media-objects. Most recently these things have been the newspaper, magazines, office papers and writing pads, plastic bags, 35 mm slides.

“These media are becoming obsolete, replaced by the invisible efficiency of various technologies. In some cases, this transition is a good thing – faster transmission and distribution of information, streamlined systems, openness to user input, less waste. But a hole is left behind by the disappearance of these everyday objects. What will happen when we no longer touch information? When newsprint does not rub off onto our fingertips? When we no longer write longhand?  The tedious handiwork and obsessive care I employ to create my work aims to remind the viewer of these simple but intimate pieces of everyday life and to provoke a pang of nostalgia for the familiar physicality of these objects.”


Michael Bloomberg. May 2008.


The pieces shown in this post are titled “sewnnews” – a series which represent entire issues of The New York Times encased in hand-embroidered cotton muslin. Lauren selects a photograph from the paper; usually a strong image suggestive of power, leadership or communication; and embroiders the image onto the fabric.

Extreme love.

Details of Lauren’s incredible hand embroidery. This is what I call attention to detail!

About The Author

Dana Tomić Hughes
Founder & Editor

Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

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