Hedging bacon

yeah yeah, makin' bacon, WHAT A GOOD JOKEI’m not sure when the idea to embroider a single strip of unexplained bacon on a shirt struck me. I can’t recall the exact moment when I decided to use glow in the dark thread for the fat portions.

I do remember deciding that things had evolved from when I started Tiny Run just a short time ago, and that I was apparently a gambling man. Every design that goes up is a bit of a gamble on my part. I’ve already paid the artist a non-return advance on royalties for the sale of their design, and no matter how many orders I’ve sold, I have to place an order for the design’s production. The more colors of ink in the design, the larger the minimum order. Placing bets like this every two weeks here at the beginning is more farm than I have to bet.

So even though I had a batik design of mine debut not so long ago, I’ve put another of my own designs up for a run. I had to hedge bets a little, as the design that follows this is a whallop. I love it dearly, can’t wait to wear mine, but it’s the biggest color combination that has been attempted here as of yet.

I thought I might give alternating artists’ designs time to breathe by placing a design of my own in between, whose earnings would go completely back into the machine that spawned them. I alternated to embroidery, and then at some unknown point, the bacon idea hit. It was too beautiful to pass up. I spent several nights working on the art, the digitizing, the thread color, performing test runs of the embroidery to get it to look this good.

If you step away from it a bit, the texture is perfect. It looks like a strip of bacon on your shirt.