Rebecca Lawrence Photo
A dragonfly design by Geneseo's Rebecca Lawrence becomes a glow-in-the-dark dragonfly when exposed to bright light and then viewed in a dark place.
SEWING THE LIGHT
Glow-in-the-dark design shines brightly for Geneseo artist
A Geneseo sewing artist has had her work featured in an industry publication.
A glow-in-the-dark dragonfly design by Rebecca Lawrence of Gert and Bert Creations, 12 Livingston St., Geneseo, was recently highlighted in the embroidery business section of Printwear, a publication for apparel decorating.
Several images accompany the article in the March 2013 edition, including the front cover of the section which features the dragonfly with an applique and a close-up image showing the glowing thread. Inside, the same design is shown on different pieces, including a blanket and jacket.
“During the day it looks like a nice embroidery,” Lawrence said, “but at night it actually glows.”
The special thread is particularly prominent in the wings of the design, which was included on the back of a sweatshirt. The design was custom made for a client, Lawrence said, and has also been used on a blanket and jacket back.
The sweatshirt was the original design and included an applique under the veining of the wings. The size of the design was then modified and stitched for the jacket and blankets with an applique under the wings.
Each of the designs have some glow-in-the-dark elements.
The concept of the dragonfly developed after Lawrence looked at scientific drawings of the insect. She was able to digitize the vein details in the wings and used a thread that when exposed to enough bright light will glow when in a dark enough setting.
Six different threads are used in the design, including red, green and the special effects blue glowing thread. In the original design, the glowing wings appear to be solid green, with the body also outlined by the glowing thread.
The larger design has more than 29,000 stitches; the smaller design, more than 14,000.
Lawrence said she started her business in 2005 with an emphasis on sewing. She has been involved with embroidery the last 3 1/2 to 4 years. She also does machine embroidery, custom mending, alterations and screen printing.
Lawrence enjoys the variety of work her business brings her. One day she may be working on two embroidery or two mending projects. On another day she may be asked to repurpose an item, such as turning a leather jacket into a purse.
Gert and Bert Creations is named for the “pet names” Lawrence and her husband have for each other. “When I needed a name for the business, they just rolled off my tongue,” she said.
Printwear is a trade publication that highlights clothing embellishment, screen printing, ink and machine work.