When looking at this intricate piece by Kansas-based artist Rena Detrixhe from afar you would think it’s a lovely example of vintage embroidery. But upon taking a closer look, you can see that the lacy design is not made from thread, but rather thousands of seeds. For this piece, which she calls Heirloom, Detrixhe gathered the seeds in Lawrence, Kansas, then spent countless hours meticulously stitching them into stunning patterns. [Read more…]
Imagine spending 2-3 weeks to create something not much larger than a sewing thimble. That’s often how long it takes Oxford-based artist Chloe Giordano to design, plan, and embroider each of her tiny animals. With multiple shades of each thread color as well as using 2 different types of thread- embroidery and sewing- she achieves a depth and texture that give a realistic feel to each creature. The already adorable and peaceful forest animals look even cuter in this teeny tiny size. [Read more…]
When Hillary Fayle studied embroidery at the Manchester Metropolitan University, she loved creating intricate patterns in small environmentally friendly materials. It only made sense when she returned to her home in the US to begin working with the many leaves of her local forest. Her miniature creations are immaculately studies in organic/geometric stitchery. [Read more…]
Traditionally created from the remnants of tattered or old kimonos, temari (Japanese for hand ball) are a traditional toy and art form. When the tradition began, the kimono fabric would be wadded up in the shape of a ball and covered with strips of fabric, wrapped so tightly that it would bounce. Over time, it became a craft and the stitching become more intricate and artistic. The centers were replaced with rubber once it was brought to Japan and the art form became a competitive craft among women in the Japanese upper class. Here are some beautiful examples of temari created by a 92 year old grandmother, Nana Akua and photographed by her granddaughter.
Last week I mentioned artist Johan Rosenmunthe’s pixelated photographs exploring the fuzzy nature of self-representation online – well, here’s an artist that is showing the equally fuzzy nature of memory. Los Angeles-based artist Diane Meyer has been using old family photographs showing her childhood in rural New Jersey, and meticulously embroidering them with chunky pixel-like cross stitch that both enhances and obscures the images of the past. [Read more…]
Although they often get a bad rap, the diverse and varied world of insects is a fascinating and beautiful one. UK-based artist Claire Moynihan certainly thinks so. She’s been creating entomological collections in traditional boxes using “freestyle” 3D embroidery techniques inspired by the stumpwork style. It’s a loose form of embroidery which allows her to experiment with different threads and materials to achieve her aims. Even considering her unusual creative mediums, her work would easily fool someone from a distance – and many people will be happy to know, we haven’t spotted any spiders lurking in the collections. [Read more…]
As more and more reading is done digitally and the printed newspaper gets closer to becoming obsolete, one artist attempts to immortalize it. Lauren DiCioccio mummifies the Front Page by covering it with cotton muslin and using a needle and brightly colored thread to re-produce the photo beneath. The text fades beneath the muslin sheath and the pictures remain to capture a moment in history in a physical way that can’t be felt digitally. She views newspapers with nostalgia as they were once a daily ritual enjoyed by most of the adult population, so with embroidery she preserves that tactile sensation without the smudged fingerprints. [Read more…]
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Unless it’s brail, it’s not often you can reach out and touch the type that you’re reading. Graphic designer, Aries Wan recently created an experimental type project which allows us just that. Her work uses traditional hand embroidery to create the alphabet, numbers and a selection of punctuation marks, but manages to still give a nod to old-fashioned four-color printing at the same time. Each of her letters uses two CMYK colors, offset as if by printing error, to create what she calls an “optical 3D effect.” [Read more…]