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...]
One of the most gorgeous displays of the human form is a ballerina in a pirouette. There is something so elegant and timeless about the poise and physique of a dancer. Yet artist Jose Ignacio Romussi Murphy has found a way to make these classic beauties even more stunning. The artist embroiders colorful threads into vintage photographs of ballerinas to bring a new livelihood and panache to the already stunning dancers. [Read more...]
When it comes to modern typography, perfection is almost always the modus operandi. So, what happens when you add handcraft to this near linear equation? The result is not perfect, but instead highly pleasing and even rejuvenating. Graphic Design student Briar Mark recently experimented with creating embroidered sayings on paper for her final project towards a Bachelor degree at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand. Spending a fantastic amount of time piercing her paper canvas and then stitching her works, she most recently created a piece which reads I Could Have Done This On My Mac… true words when you consider that each of the letters took approximately 30 minutes to stitch, equaling a total creation time of about 37.5 hours when you consider the tri-colored, offset printing effect. [Read more...]