Elizabeth Freeman

Artist’s Statement

At this very moment, unusually close by, there is a beauty waiting to be born. This beauty lies within a person who has grown weary of being told what they should or should not do, who they should or should not be, and what box they should be defined by. This beauty is paralyzed, imprisoned, feeling like a turtle stampeding through peanut butter. Which, for those without imagination, is a very tiresome, exhausting endeavor indeed.

Also at this moment, something catches the turtle’s attention. There is an explosion of color, of undulating design, of beaded texture, a piece that creates a spark. Artwork that is a ray of sunshine and joy in a dark, lonely world. This piece entices the lowly turtle to lift its weary head and notice the sunshine. The turtle finds its way out of the peanut butter and into the lake.

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Freeman.
I am:
A nurturing mother
A fierce warrior
A proficient embroiderer
A sincere encourager

Through my art I:
see loneliness and give friendship
see despair and bring hope
see self-demeaning and inspire confidence
see self-imprisonment and reveal beauty

I am an embroiderer, specializing in Soutache (pronounced “Soo-tash”) embroidered jewelry, and surface embroidered Temari (pronounced “Teh-mah-ree”).

Einstein once said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” I create wearable textile art to encourage others to be comfortable within themselves. To be confident in their own ability, whether they are a fish, a turtle, a crane… My desire is to reveal the beauty within each person I meet, to help them learn to love themselves and be strong in who they are. My art is vibrantly colorful, to encourage joy. Soutache is full of undulating curves, reminding us that life does not always go as planned. No two pieces are exactly the same, just like every one of us.