The Fingers Behind the Stitches

Marsena Adams-Dufresne is a Chicago based embroidery artist who curates macabre and unusual illustrations from historical sources, re-creating them in thread in order to tell their story to a modern audience.

She started embroidering a little over a year ago as a stress-reliever when she was going through a particularly difficult time. It brought so much joy and was so soothing that it became an obsession. 

As she spent more and more time stitching, she wondered if her past life as a novelist and screen-writer was simply over. But slowly, it dawned on her that part of the reason she loves re-creating old illustrations is that it gives her an opportunity to tell stories. About strong women. About racism. About myths and alchemy. About mystical creatures. About what it means to be alive in this world today.

Whether you're interested in the story behind the art or not, she hopes you'll find something here that inspires and delights you.