Robb Design Portfolio: In Stitches

A 2,500-year-old art captures a photographer’s work.

After missing a chance to purchase a silk embroidery in 1998, Michelle Lund, a granddaughter of Walt Disney, commissioned the most elaborate artwork ever attempted by the Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute, which was founded in 1957 as a collective of China’s best artisans. The piece, titled Can’t See the Trees Through the Forest, is based on the same photograph by photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum (310.406.0401, www.robertglennketchum.com) that inspired the embroidery Lund missed out on. The new work is unusual because its most important objects, the tree trunks, are handpainted instead of stitched. "The Chinese concept is to leave no space unembroidered," rel="nofollow" says Ketchum. For Lund’s piece—a two-sided design with three panels, which took four-and-a-half years to complete—fine layers of thread create colorful fall leaves. When light comes from behind the screen, the painted tree trunks become transparent. Ketchum’s most recent collaboration with the Suzhou Institute, Turn, Turn, Turn ($250,000), will be unveiled in December.

When the air had cleared after the frenzy of New York’s spring art auctions, players and spectators...
This circa-1900 pink-swirl marble is in what Dan Morphy calls “wet mint condition,” or as pristine...
Photo by Bob Tursack
Maya Angelou’s art collection focused on works by African-American masters...
The display is part of a hotel-wide renovation that will be completed by the end of the year...
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Photo by Cordero Studios⁄corderostudios.com
Charles and Judy Tate assembled a world-class collection of Latin American art—and then gave it all...
Photo by The Strong, Rochester, N.Y.
The American game culture is almost as old as the country itself...
Photograph by Ron Pierson, courtesy of Guernsey's
The bounty from the sunken ship includes 40 tons of silver and gold valued at $450 million…
Photo by Michael Richter
Visitors trekked to Maastricht, the Netherlands, for the March opening day of the European Fine Art...
The 13 new portraits include images of Douglas Cramer, Judy Garland, and Ernesto Esposito…