A new book to our shop bookshelf but not newly released is Trace by Michele Carragher of Game of Thrones fame. This is a fabulous book that talks about where she draws her inspiration from and then takes you through some art pieces that she created and how she created them. At the back of the book is a gallery of pieces including a number of GOT costumes. Very inspiring!!! (although the arty matte cover really doesn’t do the book justice… Inside, it’s delectable!!!)
From the blurb on the book” ‘Exquisitely detailed and sumptuously worked, Michele Carragher’s embroidered art is breathtaking to behold This comprehensive insight into her work guides you from her initial ideas, right through to the finished, astonishing pieces of work, collectively titled Trace.
Rich in symbolism and drawing inspiration from throughout history, the book contains three created, embroidered artefacts: a lavish glove, jewelled bodice and Japanese-style haor pin, From these she extracts a narrative which becomes the basis for three embroidered artworks, exploring themes of human duality and ut behavioural effects on society and the planet. The book begins with an immersive, beautifully photographed gallery tour of all of the pieces, showcasing Michele’s work in incredible detail. Following on from this, each artefact and artwork is discussed in detail, giving insight into the working process, creative choices and techniques used.
Michele works as a Costume Embroiderers in the film and TV industry, and has been part of many award-winning productions such as Game of Thrones and The Crown. The last chapter of the book features a selection of images from Michele’s inspiring catalogue of work.’