Courtney Cox has been interested in textile art since early childhood. She was fascinated by the cross stitch works made by her grandmother and the crocheted blankets made by her great-grandmother. Beginning as a young child by weaving hundreds of pot holders and sewing them into blankets, she graduated into experimenting with yarn, playing with finger weaving and braiding techniques. In middle school, Courtney became enamored with the idea of the lady’s favors of the Middle Ages; small gifts bestowed upon knights during jousting tournaments. She hand stitched dozens of them, working mainly with lace and ribbons. For several years in high school, she designed jewelry by knotting and braiding hemp rope and embroidery floss. As a young adult, she taught herself to crochet and made blankets large and small, as well as decorative motifs.
Finally, in her mid-twenties, Courtney was introduced to hand embroidery. She was immediately taken with the medium and worked tirelessly on various freehand, original designs for hours every day. Soon, she started accepting commissions, and then entered her work into a state-wide juried art show in Texas. Her work, “Self-Impression,” pictured above, was juried into the show in September 2018. This began her journey into the world of fine arts.
More recently, her work has turned from florals and abstract pieces, toward portraiture and figurative studies.
As a self-taught artist, my portrait work is often a romantic response to the beauty of the ordinary: everyone has a face; everyone has a needle and a thread in their home. Using these everyday tools, I explore the simple beauty of existence. My figurative and more abstract pieces recall the vibrancy of internal human complexity through tiny vignettes and the juxtaposition of textures.
All of my pieces are stitched, and sometimes watercolored or wired, by hand using photographic references. In my portrait work, I strive to discover subtle rainbows and communicate them in stitch. Employing bold color choices, I show playfulness in my subjects while inviting the viewer to observe more carefully the shades and hues in their own world.
My thoughtful stitches create vibrant images that draw in the eye of the observer. Through the careful use of needle and thread, I invoke the extraordinary and often magical experiences of simply being in the world.