Courtney Cox is a fiber artist living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her work includes hand embroidery, hand woven tapestries, and knitted garments. Cox’s work has been awarded, exhibited, published, and purchased internationally.
Primarily self-taught, Cox has been interested in fiber art since early childhood. Her earliest experiments were with weaving hundreds of pot holders and hand stitching them into blankets. In her early twenties, after moving from a warm climate to a cold climate, she taught herself to crochet. A few years later, a friend introduced her to hand embroidery. A desire to better learn garment design while avoiding a sewing machine led her to learn knitting. Most recently, she has delved into hand woven tapestries, sometimes with hand embroidered details.
Working as a fiber artist with a specialization in hand embroidery, my art addresses modern observations through an ancient lens.
Using the everyday tools of a needle and thread, I explore my subjects and tell their story one thread at a time. Investigative and communicative, my process of creating images through thousands of stitches begins with photographic references. The photograph is converted to an original design, transferred onto fabric, and hand embroidered over days or weeks.
My portrait work ranges from a romantic observation of the human existence to commentary on politics or global crises. My non-portraiture work has included subjects just as varied. These hand embroideries may be embellished with watercolor, cut away partially or entirely, or mounted in unusual ways, such as onto a backward canvas or a fly swatter.
Self-taught in the art of hand embroidery, my work does not consciously adhere to any rules or traditions apparent in the legacy of hand stitching. In every piece, my careful use of needle and thread invokes a sense of discovery.