COME AT ME, CROW
Framing the Night King in all his frosty, blue-eyed glory are the crests of the great houses of Westeros: a stark reminder—pun intended—that winter is indeed coming for the Seven Kingdoms.
London artist Michele Carragher, who works in Game of Thrones’s costume department, contributed a quartet of jeweled insects.
“This has been an amazing project that truly has brought the embroidery community together across the whole of the U.K.,” Anthea Godfrey, artistic director of the Embroiderers’ Guild and the project’s manager, said of the piece, which went on display at Central Saint Martins’ Crossing Gallery in London in March. “As many of the communities taking part are huge fans of Game of Thrones, we really are all proud to have been involved.”
Godfrey noted the diversity of skills involved in the making of the piece, including “digital print, surface stitchery, machine embroidery, metal thread work beading, appliqué, and quilting.”
Custom-made fabrics were employed to add depth, texture, and “gravitas,” according to the Royal School of Needlework, which helped stitch together the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown in 2011.
“We are delighted to be involved in such a unique project and help create a truly amazing piece of embroidery,” said Angie Wyman, degree course leader at school. “It was a particularly fantastic opportunity for our degree students to put their studies into practice, merging the RSN’s traditional hand-embroidery techniques with contemporary art and design.”
Will the artwork eventually make its way Stateside? Like Jon Snow, we know nothing.