203 Westminster Street

William Schaff

Embroidered Jackets
embroidery floss on jackets

About the Work

....a little bit about the jackets....

Two examples of my seeing if I could do this embroidery thing. A lovely way to not feel like I am wasting time if I am watching television. The Pieta piece is just me tackling a traditional, and beautiful, subject in art. While the “Chop Chop” patch is a now retired jacket from my earlier days in the What Cheer? Brigade. Providence’s own 20 piece renegade brass band.

About the Artist

Warren, R.I., artist, William Schaff is a mess. Much of his art deals with debt and loss, as well as the consequences of, and responses to, human violence. Stories from the Old Testament and memories learned from The Holocaust are recurrent in his work. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Schaff has exhibited and lectured at numerous institutions including the United States Air Force Academy, the Rhode Island School of Design, Amherst College, and East Carolina University. With all that said, he manages to create lots of artwork for different folk. From private commissions, gallery exhibits, and fine authors, to such notable independent musicians as Okkervil River, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Songs: Ohia, and many more. The boy has chops! Chops and debt! Working hard at avoiding debt collectors and making as much art as possible before they catch up with him, this rascal is just trying to keep his lights on, his car insured and his mortgage paid. Well, one out of three ain’t bad..God Bless you, William Schaff

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