Since 2015 I’ve been cross-stiching emoji, hoping to give these precious and beloved symbols appropriate weight.

Each emoji is hand-rasterized on a 32 x 32 grid, its colors reduced to a few selections from the DMC palette. They’re then stitched—often in an edition of four—on 18‐count cotton Aida cloth.

Embroidery has existed as long as we’ve had cloth, and cross-stitch specifically dates to at least the late 19th century. Rendering these very modern symbols in a very old style helps make them as real as they are in our hearts.

—Jen Ahearn, Philadelphia, November 2019

Emojix have been exhibited at each of the Internet Yami-Ichi events in New York: 2015, 2016, and 2019.