WPKN Archives Archive Feed: kebmo Archived radio content http://www.wpkn.org/ Wed, 04 Oct 2023 18:59:07 GMT WPKN Archives Archive Feed: kebmo http://www.wpkn.org/ https://archives.wpkn.org//banners/7.png 850 192 Live Culture with Martha Willette Lewis Episode 52: Digital Stitches https://archives.wpkn.org/https://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/264874 <p>This month join me as I discuss artmaking, embroidery and the influence of the internet with artist <strong>Michelle Beaulieu-Morgan</strong>. Michelle can be defined many ways, including being a queer Mainer who is now based in CT and who - through her embroidery- is a self-proclaimed <em>&ldquo;Purveyor of Excessiveness&rdquo;.</em> Additionally, she is an Activist/Doyenne of Social Media/Visual Artist /Radio DJ /Writer/Spouse and Parent. Michelle has a PhD. in American Studies from <strong>Yale University</strong> and currently works as a Digital Accessibility Specialist.</p> <p>Our discussion was recorded on a recent rainy afternoon, where we met to verbally unravel some of the complex interlacings formed by these various threads. Michelle - who began embroidering about 4 years ago- has had a meteoric rise through social media, and we talk about how <strong>Instagram</strong> has nourished her practice from its inception. This includes her first foray in digital needlework with her 1 year of stitches embroidery project, which used crowd-sourced content and went viral, giving a head-start to the over 24,000 followers she has today. We pick up with most recently, the story behind her commission by 4-time<strong> Grammy-Award winning artist Keb Mo</strong>, to make original art for his latest album cover. <em><strong>Oklahoma</strong></em>, which came out this month and features Michelle&rsquo;s detailed custom embroidery, plus a variety of logoed items and memorabilia inspired by her images.</p> <p>We peruse the how&rsquo;s, when&rsquo;s and why&rsquo;s of what she does, the materiality involved, as well as the therapeutic aspects of hand-work and discuss her first- ever, brick-and-mortar solo art exhibition, coming up, IRL, this fall at the <strong>Whitney Humanities Center</strong> in New Haven. Her story is an inspiring tale of traditional needlecrafts, hard work, internet communities and a genre-breaking vision that connects them all.<br /> <br /> More about Michelle here: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/mutuallyassureddeconstruction/?hl=en">https://www.instagram.com/mutuallyassureddeconstruction/?hl=en</a><br /> More about Michelle&rsquo;s radio show can be found here: <a href="https://www.wpkn.org/shows/michelle-morgan/">https://www.wpkn.org/shows/michelle-morgan/</a><br /> More about Keb Mo&rsquo;s Oklahoma here: <a href="https://kebmo.limitedrun.com/store">https://kebmo.limitedrun.com/store</a><br /> More about the Whitney Humanities Center Art Gallery here: <a href="https://whc.yale.edu/gallery-whitney">https://whc.yale.edu/gallery-whitney</a><br /> <br /> see this episode's live culture Press Release&nbsp;<a href="https://mailchi.mp/c0ad1a89d463/this-month-on-live-culture-episode-52-digital-stitches-2935681?fbclid=IwAR2ryKjwkqboGV6dnv3iy5PoFXnoS48syFZHeCcBdDrJJ45cDahRL12">&nbsp;here</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://archives.wpkn.org/https://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/264874 Sat, 29 Jun 2019 11:00:35 GMT