Especially Good | Chainstitch embroidery using a Singer 114 hand cranked machine on car cover material | 2021
Julio Dominguez is an industrial seamster, fabric artist, and electronic musician born in Lima Peru in 1967, who has been making art in Detroit since the early 90s. Julio gathers recycled materials and industrial byproducts to create vividly embroidered fabric caricatures. The subjects of his figurative works are informally adapted from Indigenous Pre-Inca Peruvian iconography, as well as from the various underground dance music subcultures of Detroit. His abstract works are buoyant and playful explorations of geometry, color, and texture that reflect his appreciation for the synchronized rhythms and wild timbres of techno, disco, synth pop, and industrial musics.
He has rescued and refurbished several hand cranked chainstitch embroidery machines, repurposing them for personal creative use and employing an array of self taught embroidery techniques, most prominently chainstitch and chenille to create delicate images out of thread, without the aid of computers.