This embroidery work evolved from doodles on magazine pictures. In the 90's, after graduating from film school, I was heavily inspired and influenced by graffiti. I photographed the graffiti scene in downtown Toronto for 10+ years and my own creative explorations with stencils, stickers and flyers led to the face doodles. In the last 5 years I've taken this work from the streets into the home by combining textiles with photography to create these unique pieces.
I love colours and patterns, but more than decoration there is meaning infused in the lines, shapes and elements adorning these portraits, like secrets hidden in plain sight. Sometimes I recognize the things from my own life and experience woven into the design but I try to let the lines and shapes of the faces become what they will. My jenr8 tag can be found incorporated into each piece since 2015.