Ianna Frisby

Original Medium: Embroidered canvas digitally overlaid onto sewing patterns
Website: iannanovafrisby.com
Location of box art: 15th & P Streets


Ianna Frisby is an Artist-in-Resident at Verge Center for the Arts and adjunct art professor at Sierra College, Sacramento City College and The Art Institute of Sacramento. She received her BFA from Humboldt State University and MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Although her focus is in ceramics, she has produced various bodies of work including highly-detailed and painstakingly embroidered canvasses of sewing pattern cover models.

Artist Statement

In the past, housebound housewives would often turn to sewing and embroidering as a way of passing expanses of time. In this age, when it’s actually cheaper to buy clothes than make them yourself, when us gals are now liberated and busy as hell, why should we invest the time? For me, the drawings on old sewing pattern envelopes stir memories of home economics class, Fashion Plates and other girly childhood pursuits. Their commercial ubiquity may have made them seem banal, so I chose to make them special again. Reproducing them in embroidery is an incredibly time consuming process that vastly surpasses the time it probably took to draw them in the first place. But it’s ultimately satisfying.