As part of my daily art practice, I create abstract, improvisational embroideries using pearl cotton on linen. Abstract embroidery appeals to me because it combines the linearity of drawing with the color and texture of painting. Currently, I'm engaged in an ongoing project called "Presence/Absence," for which I make negative space embroideries and descriptive drawings of found objects, such as a rusty washer, broken pieces of bark, or a Metro ticket. The two responses to the object — drawing (“the presence”) and embroidery (the “absence”) — are shown side by side as a diptych.
In 2016, I created my first yearlong daily stitch journal, A Year in Thread, which was rooted in the natural world and seasons of western Massachusetts. From January 1 through December 31, I stitched each day on linen with a color observed in nature in my backyard. Each of the 12 Year in Thread pieces was composed day by day, beginning on the first day of the month and ending on the last day. They are mounted on 12’ z 12” canvases and are shown as a single work. On January 1, 2019, I began a new daily stitch journal, again using colors observed in nature but this time focused on particular themes, such as “earth,” “snow,” or “sky.”
I’m available to teach classes or workshops on drawing, embroidery stitches and techniques, meditative embroidery/slow stitching, and developing a personal stitching practice.
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Bonnie Sennott is an artist and knitwear designer based in Amherst, Massachusetts. She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions at Kingston Gallery and the Copley Society in Boston, Northampton’s Center for the Arts, the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, Vermont’s Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, and other venues. A former member of Kingston Gallery, she holds an MFA from the University of Chicago. Her work is in private collections in New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and elsewhere.