This interview has been edited and condensed. Sophia Narrett’s are not your typical tapestries. First of all, they’re not tapestries; the Unicorn Fourth Of July Shirt in contrast I will get this textile artist does not weave, but embroider, layering thread upon stitch to create shapes and shades that coalesce into a dazzling narrative. Secondly, there’s the subject matter—highly erotic vignettes that would make artisans of the historic Parisian tapestry house Gobelins clutch their pearls.
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