Artist Joanne Arnett Turns Criminal Portraits into Artworks

 - May 11, 2013
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Joanne Arnett is a master embroiderer who has decided to combine the time-honored craft with the art of photography. Her work involving mugshots is particularly arresting, no pun intended. Giving some people's most vulnerable and regrettable moments an artistic spin, Joanne Arnett also eternalizes them for the world to enjoy.

Living and working near the banks of the Cuyahoga River in Ohio, Joanne Arnett not only reproduces them in photo-realistic quality. Some of her crocheted creations are made to look like vibrant negatives with the person in question barely recognizable. Interestingly, the use of thread and needle accentuates the vintage quality of the photos being mimicked. They are just as grainy and faded.

Unexpectedly edgy, Joanne Arnett shows the world that embroidery is more than what grandmothers make it out to be.