Simone Elizabeth
Hand-Tufted Textiles

punch-needle & hand-tufted fine textiles

One-of-a-kind, dynamic creations involving cultural investigation, pop-culture and identity. Simone creates colourful works of portraiture and kindred creatures, resulting in unique tapestries evoking an undeniable charm. 

 

Ancestral Bodies
2021 - 

The figures are rendered as ethereal and sentient beings. I tuft line-work with beige thread outlining the bodies and then I fill with gold-flecked black thread. The bodies illuminate from the textile, as though constellations are captured from within. In creating the bodies this way, I am honouring my ancestors, acknowledging that they are with the stars.  Everything they have given to this world, all past, present and future into one. Their struggles, their love, their bodies now at one with the stars. We are imprints of our ancestors, learning and discovering through them to ourselves. We are impacted by histories, we are fragments of those who came before us. We are more than our bodies, we radiate an energy that is tethered to a lineage beyond comprehension. This is the foundation for my series Ancestral Bodies. Each textile captures a different message of light and love and a connection to the stars... to our universe.

 

Sun Rays, 2022

hand-tufted acrylic, cotton and velvet yarn on rug warp. 165.1 x 78.5 x 1.5 cm

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Star Gaze, 2022

hand-tufted acrylic, cotton and velvet yarn on rug warp. 165.1 x 78.5 x 1.5 cm

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She Reveals, 2022

hand-tufted acrylic, wool and velvet yarn on rug warp. 165.1 cm x 153.67 cm x 1.5 cm.

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A Prayer, 2021

hand-tufted acrylic and cotton yarn on rug warp.167.64 cm x 162.56 cm x 1.5 cm. Photo by Jesse Tamayo.

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The Messenger, 2021

hand-tufted velvet, acrylic and cotton yarn on rug warp, 165.1 x 156.2 x 1.5 cm. Photo by Jesse Tamayo.

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Cosmos : Creation, 2021

hand-tufted velvet, acrylic and wool yarn on rug warp, 162.56 x 165.1 x 1.5 cm. Photo by Jesse Tamayo.

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Rise Up: Encompass the Galaxy, 2021

hand-tufted velvet, acrylic and wool yarn on rug warp, 168 x 163.5 x 1.5 cm. Photo by Jesse Tamayo.

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Unwavering Grace: Legacy of the Stars, 2021

hand-tufted velvet, acrylic and wool yarn on rug warp, 164.5 x 161 x 2 cm. Photo by Jesse Tamayo.

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Protect Black Women 
2020-2021

I start with a gaze. When creating portraits of Black women, I want our power and resilience to shine through. And the eyes are portals. I aim for intent,  for the gaze to pull in and engage the viewer. The character is developed through a curiosity for connection: what is happening in the world? What is this figure wanting to say? 

I am completely enamoured by Art Nouveau. The whimsy and grace, with figures adorned in golds and surrounded by intoxicatingly rich patterns. And the way in which women were portrayed in Art Nouveau, so sensual and alluring. I adopt the techniques and inspiration from this era and emulate my own style, championing Black womanhood, creating, “BLACK NOUVEAU"

 

Excellence, 2021

hand-tufted velvet, acrylic and wool yarn on rug warp, 152.4 x 152.4 x 1.5 cm. Photo by Jesse Tamayo.

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Lady Justice, 2021

hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 165.1 x 142.25 x 1.5 cm. Photo by Jesse Tamayo.

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She Summons, 2020

hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 162.56 x 147.32 x 1.5 cm. Collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Courtesy of the artist.

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Queen of Diamonds, 2020

hand-tufted velvet, acrylic and wool yarn on rug warp, 165.1 x 76.2 x 1.5 cm. Courtesy of Artist.

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Queen of Hearts, 2020

hand-tufted velvet, acrylic and wool yarn on rug warp, 165.1 x 76.2 x 1.5 cm. Courtesy of Artist.

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Queen of Spades, 2020

hand-tufted velvet, acrylic and wool yarn on rug warp, 165.1 x 76.2 x 1.5 cm. Courtesy of Artist.

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Queen of Clubs, 2020

hand-tufted velvet, acrylic and wool yarn on rug warp, 165.1 x 76.2 x 1.5 cm. Courtesy of Artist.

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She Prevails, 2020

hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 157.48 x 152.4 x 1.5 cm. Private Collection. Photo by Jesse Tamayo.

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She Grows, 2020

hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 160.02 x 134.62 x 1.5 cm. Collection of the Hill Harper Museum, Detroit, Michigan, United States. Photo by Jesse Tamayo.

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Portraits
2019-2020

 

It Matters I, 2020

hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 81.28 x 58.42 x 1.5 cm. Private Collection. Courtesy of the artist.

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It Matters II, 2020

hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 81.28 x 58.42 x 1.5 cm. Private Collection. Courtesy of the artist.

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Alicia, 2020

hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 86.36 x 60.96 x 1.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

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Eve, 2020

hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 88.9 x 55.88 x 1.5 cm. Private Collection. Courtesy of the artist.

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Dr.King, 2020

hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 91.44 x 26.04 x 1.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

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Little One, 2020

hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 60.96 x 50.8 x 1.5 cm. Private Collection. Courtesy of the artist.

Little One. 22" x 26"
 

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery, 2020

hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 81.28 x 58.42 x 1.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist

Ahmaud Arbery 25" x 36"
 

G a i a, 2020

hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 88.9 x 63.5 x 1.5 cm. Private Collection. Courtesy of the artist.

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Bob, 2020

hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 71.12 x 63.5 x 1.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist

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She Holds the Key, 2020

hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 157.48 x 152.4 x 1.5 cm. Collection of the Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. Courtesy of the artist.

She Holds the Key 62" x 65"
 

She Watches, She Waits, 2020

hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 142.24 x 137.16 x 1.5 cm. Private Collection. Courtesy of the artist.

Nina 62" x 60"
 

She Emerges (Self), 2020

hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 160.02  x 134.62 x 1.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist

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Duppy Dupplicity, 2019

hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 152.4 x 152.4 x 1.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Duppy Dupplicity, 62" x 62"
 

Gems (Namesake), 2019

 hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 152.4  x 127 x 1.5 cm. Private Collection. Courtesy of the artist.

Gems. 54" x 60"
 

Bey, 2019

hand-tufted velvet and acrylic yarn on rug warp, 152.4 x 152.4 x 1.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist

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