We had the good fortune of connecting with Wells Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wells, what is the most important factor behind your success?
So much of my life has been lead by coincidences and serendipitous occurrences. The slightest change in my past and I would be in a completely different place in life. For me the most important factor that has lead me to this point is keeping myself open. Allowing the, at times, chaotic directions of my life, take me to where it wants to go and trusting that the outcome will be worth it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an artist working primarily in chainstitch embroidery and oil paint. Lately, however, I am been focusing mainly embroidery. I came across chainstitch completely by accident. After moving from SF back to NYC I was in search of work and a good friend of mine recommenced I apply for a tailor job that would teach me embroidery on the job. up until then I had no idea the process even existed. I took to it pretty quickly and realized almost immediately that I wanted to not just embroider on clothing for people to wear but to use the machine as a medium to create art. For the past six and a half years I have been doing Chainstitch as a full time job, both in the fashion and art world.
I focus mostly on figurative images, often of people indoors.
I’m currently working on a series of large scale embroidery pieces which I’m very excited to share in the coming months.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If they were a real good friend, I’d pick them up form the airport (*gasp*) and head to the east side, where I spend most of my time. Probably grab some breakfast and coffee and Honey Hi or maybe Clark Street Coffee. Even though they’ve become so very over priced, we’d have to check out some of the flea markets. Hit up Wax Paper for lunch and head over to Lacey Park after. Dinner is where it gets hard. Just so many amazing options. Damian in downtown is a must for some incredible Mexican (order the fish!). Manuela in the Arts District has an insane buffalo burger. Then we’d probably have a night cap at El Prado.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Without the support and motivation of my friends and family, I would not be here today. Thanks for always believe in me and pushing me to go further.