Tapestry is often thought of as boring and archaic, but Erin Riley revitalizes the art of weaving wool by knitting racy depictions. She brings a sexuality to the discipline that’s never been seen before, differentiating her work from the creations of the past while also making her pieces relevant to contemporary audiences. She also doesn’t rely on overt sex appeal to draw in audiences, often hinting at provocative activities with no nudity involved. It makes for a portfolio of alluring, yet tasteful imagery.
Erin Riley creates these sensuous works of art using a Macomber floor loom and hand-dyed wool yarn. She explains that her work is inspired by images of the Internet generation, which naturally explains the excess of sexual content. Currently, she resides in Philadelphia, where she also received her MFA from the Tyler School of Art.