King of Swords Tarot Art

King of Swords

2016, DMC floss on cotton twill, 5.25” x 3.5”

embroidered tarot art

I look at these works as hand-embroidered paintings, which are created with DMC floss on cotton twill fabric. The vibrant quality of the surfaces are created by mixing the fibers of the floss and that gives these works a presence that belies their small size. Each of the embroidered pieces takes four to six weeks to complete, and that is one reason for their small size; yet, I also feel the intimacy of closely viewing these pieces creates a different kind of connection with the viewer.

This series of tarot art explores the inner worlds of the imagination and subconscious mind, rather than recreating the physical world. The imagery in this work is informed by the archetypes of the tarot. I have been intrigued by these archetypes, which embrace ideas about human existence as both physical and spiritual beings. What also draws me to these symbols is their open-endedness, which allows the viewer to interpret them according to their own journey through life. My versions of the tarot art have evolved from my interest in pulp science fiction illustrations, medieval illuminations, old wood block prints, comic books, and the hundreds of images I look at each week.

The Fool Tarot Art

The Fool

2014, DMC floss embroidered on cotton twill,
6.75” x 3”

The Magician Tarot Art

The Magician

2017, DMC floss embroidered on cotton,
6.25” x 3.5”

The Empress Tarot Art

The Empress

2018, DMC floss embroidered on cotton,
6.25” x 3.75”

The Emperor Tarot Art

The Emperor

2018, DMC floss embroidered on cotton,
6” x 3.75”

Hermit Tarot Art

Hermit

2017, DMC floss embroidered on cotton,
6.5” x 3.5”

The Heirophant Tarot Art

The Hierophant

2016, DMC floss on cotton twill,
6.5” x 3.25”

The Wheel of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune

Death Tarot Art

Death

2018, DMC floss embroidered on cotton,
6.25” x 3.25”

The Moon

The Moon

2017, DMC floss embroidered on cotton,
6” x 3.75”

The World

The World

2018, DMC floss embroidered on cotton,
5.5” x 4.75”

Ace of Swords Tarot Art

Ace of Swords

2018, DMC floss embroidered on cotton,
5.75” x 3.75”

2 of Swords

2 of Swords

2019, Hand-embroidered cotton,
6.25” x 3.5”

3 of Swords

3 of Swords

2018, DMC floss embroidered on cotton,
5.75” x 3.5”

7 of Swords Tarot Art

7 of Swords

2020, DMC floss embroidered on cotton,
6” x 3.75”

7 of Swords Tarot Art

10 of Swords

2020, DMC floss embroidered on cotton,
5” x 4.5”

7 of Swords Tarot Art

Page of Swords

2019, Hand-embroidered cotton,
5.75” x 3.5”

Queen of Swords Tarot Art

Queen of Swords

2018, DMC floss embroidered on cotton,
6.25” x 3.75”

King of Swords

King of Swords

2016, DMC floss on cotton twill,
5.25” x 3.5”

Ace of Wands Tarot Art

Ace of Wands

2018, DMC floss embroidered on cotton,
7” x 3”

3 of Wands

3 of Wands

2018, DMC floss embroidered on cotton,
6.5” x 3.5”

7 of Wands

7 of Wands

2018, DMC floss embroidered on cotton,
6.5” x 4”

8 of Wands

8 of Wands

2018, DMC floss embroidered on cotton,
6.5” x 3.5”

King of Disks

King of Disks

2020, DMC floss embroidered on cotton twill,
5.75” x 3.5”

Ace of Disks

Ace of Disks

2014, DMC floss embroidered on cotton twill,
5.75” x 3.25”

3 of Disks

3 of Disks

2018, DMC floss embroidered on cotton,
6.5” x 3.5”

5 of Disks

5 of Disks

2016, DMC floss on cotton twill,
6.5 x 3.5”

Queen of Disks Tarot Art

Queen of Disks

2014, DMC floss embroidered on cotton twill,
5.5” x 3.75”

8 of Cups

8 of Cups

2018, DMC floss embroidered on cotton,
6.25” x 3.5”