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Ronald McDonald House Chicago Donor Wall: Office Fellow

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I work with kids at an art studio sponsored by Hallmark Cards’ called Kaleidoscope. Everyday, I see incredible imaginative children make fun and inspiring art there. One day, while working in the studio, I spotted an amusing drawing of a fashionable gentleman in a suit, created by a 9-year-old boy. I asked if I could use his design for a special project I was doing at a Ronald McDonald House in Chicago. He agreed to let me take a picture of his art.

I then went to a wonderfully talented Hallmark Cards’ artist, Keda McKenna, to help me translate it to a machine embroidered work of art. She agreed to help me and what came of it was simply dashing. Check out the video below to get a better feel for the stitching process.

 80 unique doors will be showcased on two gallery walls in the main public area of the Ronald McDonald House being built in the heart of downtown Chicago near Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. The doors are meant to symbolize the philosophy that ” The doors of Ronald McDonald House are always open for you.”  To learn more click on the following links:

Materials used: 

  • Magnesium plate door
  • Embroidered art

The original on the left was created by a 9-year old boy. Image on the right, shows color I added to the background.

Hallmark Cards' artist, Keda McKenna, translated art into stitch patterns which added texture to surface of the design.

Many color threads are brought down to multiple embroidery machine needles before the machine can do its sewing thing.

Sewing needles stab 1000's of stitches into the base cloth.

Close-up detail shows the unique patterns of the embroidery work.

The finished design was stapled to a support board and attached to the magnesium plate office door.

Close-up detail of the magnesium door. The door knob was created by using a vintage hinge pin.

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