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Bowler

While I'm slightly ashamed to say that I did cross-stich when I was very young, I would like to say that I would have *loved* to have done something as cool as a Tomb Raider cross-stich. All we got were Peanuts and R2D2 (granted, R2D2 is cool in his own right).

Someone should make some kits.

katherine

bowler,

amazingly, becky actually also makes kits... when I saw her MFA show at CCAC, it included kits (with thread in zip-locked baggies and a printed image on the front)

be careful what you wish for...

-katherine

jane

Katherine, this is a great piece. Thank you!

I bugged Katherine to write this up after I saw one of Becky's works, "Lara's Initiative", hanging in Katherine's room. The pictures don't convey the full stitchiness of these pieces - they are so tactile. I long to own one myself! Or to make one! I know how to knit, perhaps I will make a Space Invaders scarf!

Here's to bringing videogames to the realm of arts and crafts!

melissa

Those old game images would translate pretty well into charts for knitting/x-stitch/embroidery. I'm thinking a old-school Mario scarf, myself :-)

Bowler

Um, could we buy Space Invaders scarves from you????!!! :)

Or how cool would a big black scarf with just a line of dots on it ending in a big yellow Pac Man be!

jane

brilliant, bowler! i think i have a new project for this winter ....

sushiesque

Splendid article.

Game graphics do indeed translate really easily into cross stitch patterns. But be warned that they take longer than you'd guessed (longer than I'd guessed, anyway), even the 8-bit ones.

(Your article made me want to post [on my blog] some of the NES cross stitches I did during a long dull summer a couple years back. They're mostly unfinished; in the future, I'm sticking to Atari.)

Jony

Hello I'am spanish that read your wep page is very very GOOD.

Jony...KIss xox

Requiem

I love that kind of ideas, LOL juxtaposition rules!

Really i like the style, very inspirating

Azrael

it seems my original post was deleted. hmmmmm.

anyways, yeah, screw this "artist", she's just trying to milk videogames for all they're worth, using lara croft on some stupid cross stitch thing.

"Schaefer feels there are strong parallels in the 'boxing-in' of experience that craft kits and mass-release games like Tomb Raider offer. In both cases, a smoothed and prefabricated reality provides entertainment to fill and define idle time. Recombining the bucolic/domestic and the erotic/violent helps Schaefer to expose these similarities and to remind us that we've checked out of everyday messy existence, whether threading our needle, or booting up our pc."

so basically she wants to sell cross stictch with videogame characters. bucolic/domestic and erotic/violent? who gives a damn? i'd like to swear my ass off on how everyone buys into this crap and makes some dumbass a millionaire, but i don't want any more of my posts deleted.

hell, why not make toilet papaer with lara's face oon it? IT COMBINES THE EROCITC/VIOLENT NATURE OF LARA WITH THE DIRTY/SMELLY NATURE OF YOUR ASS. for crying out loud...

neener

i hate to say this (that was a rather offensive comment) but i have to agree.

lara croft? sexuality and violence made purty?

there are much more affective ways to combine concepts then rather mediocre needlepoint with a mediocre video game character stitched in.

it seems just like a cheesy ploy to sell her product. reminds me of the girls who wear really tight linux shirts and talk about how cool old school NES was...and have no clue about either.

extra annoying because i would appreciate a cleverly done embroidery piece featuring video game characters. but i think there is way too much social commentary or something read into these.

neener

i hate to say this (that was a rather offensive comment) but i have to agree.

lara croft? sexuality and violence made purty?

there are much more affective ways to combine concepts then rather mediocre needlepoint with a mediocre video game character stitched in.

it seems just like a cheesy ploy to sell her product. reminds me of the girls who wear really tight linux shirts and talk about how cool old school NES was...and have no clue about either.

extra annoying because i would appreciate a cleverly done embroidery piece featuring video game characters. but i think there is way too much social commentary or something read into these.

Azrael

ah, nice to see someone agree with me.. sort of, anyway. i can't help it, i swear a lot, it's strogner than me.

i myself used to own a super mario sweatshirt, but the diffference is that Nintendo sold it as a FUCKING SHIRT WITH SUPER MARIO ON IT, they didn't fool me (ok, my mum) with any of that fake art crap. just a damn shirt with mario on it, they knew it and my mum knew it.

man that shirt was cool. wonder if i can find one my size.... (i was 6, now i'm 17).

john

Yup, have to agree with the other two posts + I've seen this done before. From a very bad memory I think it was with Pacman doing something weird. The exit strategy is ok but Sorry the laura croft just smells of $$$$ing in on some-one else idea.

Corrie

I dunno, to me it doesn't really smack of "trying to make money" - mainly because if that had been the case, yeah, maybe 3 years ago it'd make sense.

Besides like it or not, Lara Croft is an iconic-ish figure in gaming, and is alot more recognizable as a subversive/interesting needlepoint peice than, say, the lady from Syberia.

Tomb Raider Cheats

Hey!

That's a great piece of work!

Tomb Raider Cheats

*ADD

I wish I could knit!

Crowbeak

I did two cross-stitch kits, small ones, before I realized that they're woefully expensive. Then I decided to cross-stitch a chocobo for myself and call it Bob the Door Chocobo. Since then, I haven't cross-stitched anything that didn't come out of a video game, though I do have some nice (and rather large) cross-stitch patterns I'd like to do that aren't video game related at all. I've done a lot of single characters (most of which I have given to friends). When I get back to America from my student exchange here in Japan, I've got plans to start work on a couple of screenshots I want to turn into cross-stitches.

kuwang

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