Visiting Artist: Lizzy Carlson


Friday June 27 to Friday August 15


Self-taught embroidery artist Lizzy Carlson has been creating hand-embroidered portraits for about four years. “I guess what sets my work apart from the embroidery my grandma did is that mine is dense hand-embroidery, meaning I fill the entire surface of the fabric with stitches, much like a painter fills the surface of the canvas with paint. I start by sketching my subject, transfer the sketch on to fabric, then I park myself on my comfy chair and spend the next 40-60 hours stitching.”


Lizzy has lived in New Orleans for nearly twenty-five years and hopes her work reflects her love for the music and culture of Louisiana and the Deep South. Her work includes portraits of blues artists like Muddy Waters, R&B artists like Earl King, and New Orleans legends like Professor Longhair, as well as images from Mardi Gras.


If her work looks familiar to you, you may have seen it at the Freret Street, Bywater, or Palmer Park markets, or at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.


Drop by RHINO (June27-Aug15) for a closer look at Lizzy’s latest embroidered portraits.