I am a doodler. Whenever I’m sitting idly, talking on the phone, or bored on a plane, I find myself drawing the same sort of shapes time and again. It’s why I connect with Elizabeth Pawle’s scattering embroideries—they remind me doodles made with thread. The bevy of colors, textures, and shapes are organized in aesthetically-pleasing squares, like I’m getting a glimpse inside of Elizabeth’s head. Scatterings showcases all of the unique ways in which she processes information.
Elizabeth sells her work through Etsy. Follow her on Instagram to see when her next listing will be.
Genevieve Griffiths weaves abstract wall hangings inspired by architectural structures. Her colorful pieces have pyramids, steps, arches, and stairs woven into their designs, resembling the maps of fantastical cities far away. Aside from shape design, the New Zealand-based artist plays with texture, too—she’ll incorporate extra-thick yarns as a way to break up space and add even more visual interest to these spectacular pieces. Impressive as a whole, the details are what really make her weavings exciting—be prepared to get lost!
Growing up, my mom had books stacked high towards the ceiling of our living room, and I spent a lot of time studying their various covers. As an adult, I read less books (Audible, you’ve spoiled me), but I still enjoy a well-crafted book cover. Mrs. Chaplin pays homage to these memorable designs by recreating classic and contemporary tales using a combination of wool felt and silk thread. Although you can’t pull back the cover and read its words, the appliqué-style illustrations serve as the front of statement-making clutches.
If you’re a literary lover and enjoy a bit of quirk with your accessories, this Etsy shop has you covered.
Stitchy Friday is a project that’s sure to warm your heart. It’s an endeavor between an embroiderer mother and her illustrator daughter, Marijke Buurlage; Marijke creates the colorful, stylized images and then her mother translates the flattened shapes into stitched form. Their Instagram, @stitchyfriday, is updated at the end of each week with their progress and finished pieces.
As wonderful as Marijke’s illustrations are, her mother’s handiwork is also admirable. I love the lush texture and the mixing of threads—they add dimension and bring 2D to life. After seeing this sweet collaboration, it makes me want to plan a creative project with my own mom! Don’t you?
For months, I’ve been eagerly awaiting for those special moments when Valeria Molinari (a former grad school cohort!) updates her Instagram with embroidered typography. The playful pieces depict sayings such as “Girl Gang,” “Trust Your Gut,” and “Boss Lady,” in beautiful mashups of color and texture.
“Most of my work is inspired by my activism and the love for play on words, or just simple phrases that make my day,” she says. “Each of these pieces is made to create an inspirational, productive and whimsical environment.”
Valeria sells her embroideries through Etsy.
In 2014, Lucy Sparrow filled an abandoned corner shop in London’s East End with 4,000 hand-sewn groceries—think canned beans, packs of gum, and magazines—in a site specific fiber installation. A smashing success, she’s bringing this caliber of exhibition to New York City and using Kickstarter to help fund it.
Lucy’s project—a TBA location (probably) in Manhattan—is slated to open in the summer of 2017. It will be called Eight Till Late, and it’ll be double the size of her London shop: 8,000 items that include a hot counter selling the likes of pizza slices and hot dogs. I’m most excited, however, by the slushy machine—Lucy plans to fill it with beads! In addition, people will be able to buy felt fruits and veggies akin to going to an actual grocery store.
There’s currently a Kickstarter campaign happening to pay for half of the production costs, and it’s well on its way. Check it out and pick yourself up a pack of gum while you’re at it. (via The Guardian, H/T Lisa)
Here’s how Lucy’s London exhibition looked (via The Guardian):
Another week, another embroidery artist! Similar to Tessa Perlow‘s bold upcycled garments, Ellie Mac adorns jackets and sweatshirts with beautiful florals, leaves, and graceful winged creatures. Sometimes, she stitches directly onto clothing, while other pieces include patches that are affixed to fabric.
My favorite thing about Ellie’s pieces is her use of iridescent thread. It catches the eye, adding some unexpected glitz to the designs.
Tessa Perlow embroiders garments with bold flowers, turning ordinary tank tops and t-shirts into something spectacular. The up-cycled fashions are in keeping with the long tradition of cultures who adorn their clothing with decorative stitches. These pieces recall hints of beautiful Oaxaca dresses, but with a modern twist as blooms freely flow down and across the body.
You can buy Tessa’s handiwork in her Etsy shop. Follow her on Instagram for works in progress!
Since I last featured the work of Cristin Morgan, aka Marigold + Mars, she’s been busy stitching up more colorful goodness. Although she’s still focusing on beautiful blooms and embroidered text, Cristin has entered another realm of stitching: pet portraits!
The detailed hoop art features mostly canines as they’re surrounded by stars, florals, and their own names. From the looks of her Instagram, it seems that this sort of imagery is new for Cristin, but one that I hope she continues. They’re delightful.
The right collar can make or break an outfit. Think about it—how many times have you judged a shirt or jacket based on its cute (or wonky) collar? I know I’ve passed by certain pieces. That’s why I like illustrative collars so much—they add some fun pizzaz to an otherwise plain outfit. Vivetta is one designer who is slaying this realm by creating playful statement collars. They’re adorned to look like a freshly-painted manicure, flower garden, abstract face, and more. The quirky designs transcend your average detachable collar and are wearable works of art.
Some of Vivetta’s collars are available to purchase through Lyst.