“Slow Breaking News” by designer Emily Roose is a series of breaking news stories from 2009 to 2010 rendered in time-consuming cross stitch embroidery (each panel took around 25 hours to complete). Roose created the series for her masters thesis at the New England School of Art and Design. Images of the cross stitched panels are available in Roose’s book documenting the studio phase of the project.
I think of the process of cross-stitching news stories as a kind of “test”, as in: does x, y or z news story pass the cross-stitch test? A year or two later, does the story still have enough relevance to not seem absurd archived in this permanent and time-consuming (~25 hrs each) medium?