Daredevil, a Marvel Comics series, has always been a favorite. The 2003 movie starring Ben Affleck rekindled public interest in the character, and at that point, the idea for a series of art quilts featuring iconic works by various Daredevil comic book artists was born. These textile paintings are rendered in thread in a technique known as free-motion embroidery. No digitizing was used in their creation. Think of holding the pencil in a stationary position, and moving the paper to produce a drawing. The individual images were machine embroidered, then appliqued onto larger sections of fabric to form comic book style “pages”.
Below is the Origin Panel. It features a rendition of the cover of the first issue of Daredevil from 1964 with art by Bill Everett. Other Volume 1 art from Joe Orlando and Wally Wood. The large image of Daredevil in his yellow costume is from the Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale series “DD: Yellow”. Hand dyed fabrics by Cynthia Hebbard are the backdrop for the text about the origin. Matt Murdock’s early look in the 60’s and Daredevil saving Karen Page from certain demise rounds out the composition. Braille words are rendered in tiny Swarovski crystals. From the top, they read “Daredevil”, “hero”, “perceive”, and “man without fear”.