Ray Materson: Embroidered Scenes of Life
January 28, 2001 -- Ray Materson taught himself to embroider while in prison, where he was
serving a 15-year sentence for drug-related offenses. By fashioning a
hoop from a Rubbermaid top and salvaging threads from old socks,
Materson was able to create intricate, multi-colored scenes depicting
everything from prison life to football emblems to romantic sunsets.
These scenes are only 2-by-2 inches, with 1200 stitches per square inch.
Embroidery by Ray Materson
Materson's work is now exhibited all over the U.S. and sells for
thousands of dollars. Many of his framed embroidery pieces are on
display at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland,
where they are part of an exhibition called Treasures of the Soul that
will be at the Museum through September 2001.
Listen as Weekend All Things Considered host, Lisa Simeone, talks with Materson about his life and work.