Sunday, 8 June 2014

Sewn to the Bone

We've mentioned Cody McElroy before. He started hand sewing patches when his wife contracted a disease that made her kidneys stop working. With no National Health Service, Cody (pictured below) had to do something fast to start paying the medical bills. Handmaking patches, one at a time of course, hardly seems the obvious choice, but it's work and he does some sensational work.
If you're on instagram, go to @dirtyneedleembroidery to see short videos of how he does it. And now he has a showcase along with some of our other friends (including the Busch Brothers from SB16 and Tuesday Weathervane (the alter ego one of the Salem riders in the current issue).

Gallery Showcases The Intricate Embroidery Needlework of Cody McElroy plus Guest Jewelry Makers &Artists with Opening Reception June 21

Who: Embroidery artist Cody McElroy headlines group show featuring artisans Busch and Busch(leather, metal and motorcycle), Cobra Cult (jewelry), Tuesday Weathervane (embroidery), Honey Fox (jewelry) and Red Clouds Collective (leather bags, notebooks and other leather goods).

What: Gallery showing of McElroy’s revival of single-needle, free-motion machine embroidery including patches, leather jackets and other intricate, one-of-a-kind pieces reminiscent of 60s patchwork and tattoo art. Busch and Busch, Cobra Cult, Tuesday Weathervane, Honey Fox and Red Clouds Collective will join McElroy in showcasing and offering handmade jewelry, leather goods and other artwork.

Where: Scion AV Installation 7667 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 272-4266

When: Opening Reception June 21, 2014, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Show runs June 21 - July 13 Scion AV Installation hours Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00 - 7:00 p.m.

How: Attendance is free Opening reception RSVP is mandatory – sign up now: 

For more information, please visit 

Additional Info: Originally from rural Nevada, the Reno-based McElroy aims to inspire creativity, push the artist within to stay challenged and pay homage to the lost craft. McElroy started playing with thread as a medium to challenge the norm of mass-produced embroidery, as well as to raise money for his wife Tierra’s kidney transplant. The 29-year-old stays connected to anything that keeps him learning including the worlds of skateboarding, music, art and custom motorcycles.


rustyli150 said...

just had that cheetah's head from the back of Raw Power tattoodled on to my skin.

Good work, and looks cool with the gimmie danger little stranger scrolls.

Sideburn Magazine said...

did you just invent a new form of body art & get the tattooist to add embroidery yarn to his needle?

rustyli150 said...

ha! I wish...