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  • Coffee Cat 255 Mount Hermon Road Scotts Valley, CA, 95066 United States

Mardeen Gordon

Artist and Ben Lomond resident since 1992

I have been embroidering for over 40 years, since my mother taught me my first stitches at the age of 9. 

In college, inspired by the Impressionists, and particularly Van Gogh’s bold, separate strokes of color in Starry Night, I thought that this energy could be captured in thread. And so I embroidered it. Thus began a new medium for me, which has become my main form of expression over the past thirty years.

Reproducing a favorite painting or album cover follows in the tradition of the Renaissance, where an apprentice would copy the master’s work to learn the techniques and rules of composition and color. As I work, I focus so intently on the details, dissecting the image stroke by stroke until I feel like the artist is watching over my shoulder, guiding my hand. 

It forces me to slow down and zone into the alpha state, like a form of meditation. At the same time, it is very portable. I can take it anywhere and work for minutes or hours at a time.  I do much of my work in the passenger seat while my husband drives. 

Each piece can take hundreds of hours to complete, but the process is so satisfying, and the end result is a one-of-a-kind labor of love that will retain its vibrant color for decades. As long as I can hold the needle and see well enough to thread it, I will continue expressing my vision with embroidery.

All of the images you see here are available in very affordable prints. 

If you would like to own any of them, please text me at 831-252-7446 on canvas, metal or acrylic.