Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I've Taken My First Step Into A Much Larger World

Yes, yes. I have been waiting until today to post this. For those that don't know (read: may have a life) today is 5/04/11, or May Fourth, as in May The Fourth...Be With You! You can't unread that! And if you think it's just me, it's not! Today is the traditionally recognized Star Wars day!

A little background on yours truly: Born in 1980 (The year the Empire struck back), I can't remember the first time I saw a Star Wars movie. My grandparents had V and VI on VHS and I watched them all the time. I saw the special editions when they were re-released to fund the prequels and by the time Episode I came out I was old enough (19 and legal, baby) to stand in line for all day and night for the midnight premier! Today I have two Star Wars tattoos, a collection of every novel and most of the books, my oldest daughter is named after an expanded universe character and the only reason I don't have the two-rooms of action figures is because I sold them for an engagement ring!

Oh, and like Ben hiding on Tatooine, I decided long ago I was probably never going to cross stitch anything Star Wars. I don't dress up as Star Wars characters for halloween either. It always just seems kinda...obvious. Well, no more!

I really love cross stitched portraits and I actually want to do one of a friend but I thought I should start "simple":

A New Hope 4-18-11

I loved the way it played on the Shepard Fairey/Barack Obama poster, and in fact, it actually had the words "A New Hope" at the bottom. After waiting so long for to finally do a Star Wars piece, and LOVING the way it came out, I decided not to add them. I really wanted to keep it closer to a portrait and further from a political joke (which I am usually all about)!

Not to get poetic but doing this piece has changed my life...or at least a big portion of it. I am doing more Star Wars pieces (Vader sampler up in a few days!) and I have found an AMAZING amount of Star Wars stitching by other people that I feel compelled to share with the rest of the world.

How? Well, even though it is Star Wars day, it's also Star Wars month. With every episode of the film saga releasing in May, I hope to add a new episode to the stitching community very soon. In the meantime, if you or someone you know stitch Star Wars or Star Wars-inspired pieces (or just a piece) feel free to add it to the Han Stitched First group at flickr! This should give you an idea of where the month, and the future (no matter how long, long ago) is headed!

5 comments:

Kelldandy said...

That was an amazing post. I am glad I have never lived in a world without Star Wars and having a life and not knowing about May the Fourth is overrated.

Oh and I really like the piece! I think it would have been too much with A New Hope at the bottom.

Leti said...

awesome !

giddy girlie said...

Have you watched the video of "How Attending a Star Wars Convention Could Change the World"? It's fantastic and only 5 minutes. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvJ111KgBYY

leona said...

Hi James - just found your blog through flickr subversive cross stitch - have been operating in isolation for couple of years but interesting to see what others are doing - fanced Shephard Fairey myself!

my blog http://stitchedupbyleona.blogspot.com/

one question do you sign your work? lots of stitching I've seen done has not been signed and wondered why. I've recently started adding my logo to stuff I've done - interesting to have discussion

Sharon said...

Hi, this is Fuzzington from Craftster. Thanks for your comments on my Old School Video Game Sampler and I clicked on your blog link. WOW, this is AWESOME!! I bow down to your stitching skills! I love Fairey's work, and this is just spectacular! I can't even imagine how long it took you to finish this!! I'm now a follower! Looking through your blog at your awesome creations, and I can't wait to see more!