Category Archives: Textiles

Stacey Page Adds Bizarre Embroidery onto Vintage Photos

Stacey Page trans­forms dis­carded vin­tage pho­tographs from banal to fan­tas­tic in her on-going series of embroi­dered por­traits. Since 2008, she’s adorned men and women with bizarre head­dresses, cos­tumes, facial hair, and much more. This is both con­cep­tu­ally and visu­ally inter­est­ing. I love that the stitch­ing cre­ates a “sec­ond skin” and a new nar­ra­tive onto the old […]

Colorful Tapestries Find New Life as Taxidermy Skin

French artist Frédérique Mor­rel com­bines tapes­try and taxi­dermy to cre­ate fresh and unex­pected works. Deer, moose, and cat­tle tell vibrant sto­ries on their new skin that fea­tures a dizzy­ing array of col­ors, pat­terns, and peo­ple. I’ve always been fas­ci­nated by both taxi­dermy and tapes­tries, so the fusion of the two is excit­ing to see. But, many peo­ple don’t think of these […]

Check Out the Amazing Embroidered Details on These Valentino Dresses!

I’m not a flashy dresser, but I admire peo­ple who are. And, since illus­tra­tion can take many, many forms, I’ve mar­veled over the details on the Valentino Resort 2015 line. It’s dreamy, with these amaz­ing embroi­dered details like mon­keys and flo­ral arrange­ments. Long dresses, short dresses, and jack­ets will all make you have the overwhelming […]

Felted Fungi on Real Wood… For Your Home!

This past Novem­ber, I was brows­ing one of my favorite Bal­ti­more shops, Trohv. There, I came across the local Close Call Stu­dio. It’s run by Amanda Adams who hand­crafts dec­o­ra­tive mush­rooms from recy­cled vegan felt. They’re mounted on wood and per­fect for dis­play­ing on your shelf, cof­fee table, etc.. I love the jux­ta­po­si­tion between craft and real […]

Skip the Fishing, Carry These Fashionable Fish Instead

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to fish. When I was younger, a hook got caught in my fin­ger. Mor­ti­fy­ing! I’ll never fish again. Instead, I’ll just mar­vel at these adorable fish-shaped clutches by Don Fisher. The Etsy shop fea­tures col­or­ful salmon, sar­dines, her­rings, and more with hand-painted scales and even boney insides. […]

Two Hungry (Knitted) Birds by Clare Sams

I have a pen­chant for faux ani­mals placed in the real world. So, I’m dig­gin’ these two knit­ted birds by Clare Sams - she made a seag­ull and a pigeon snack­ing on chicken and chips! I’m impressed by her abil­ity to cre­ate these tiny, believ­able forms that I wouldn’t mind cud­dling with. Do you enjoy every­day, knit­ted objects […]

Lorena Marañon’s Contemporary Quilts (+Interview!)

One of my favorite things about run­ning a blog is see­ing how artists and illus­tra­tors progress over time. When I first encoun­tered Lorena Marañon’s work, she was mak­ing embroi­dered jew­elry in her Etsy shop (I bought a neck­lace!). She was later apart of my con­tem­po­rary embroi­dery project, Sam­pler, in 2013, and mixed bead­ing and thread on a vin­tage hand­ker­chief. Now, she’s […]

Illustrative Tea Towels Inspired by Folklore by Mirdinara Kitchen

Ya’ll. Ever since Lisa sent me the link to Mir­di­nara Kitchen, I’ve been admir­ing the entire line of tea tow­els. They are designed by illus­tra­tor Dinara Mir­tal­ipova and are inspired by her eth­nic back­ground and folk­lore (she’s orig­i­nally from Tashkent, Uzbek­istan). You can see the influ­ence in her visual lan­guage; the style of flow­ers and women with […]

Applique Pooch Portraits by Olga Ezova-Denisova

With a vari­ety of fab­rics, Olga Ezova-Denisova cre­ates por­traits of ani­mals using an applique tech­nique. They’re fun: dogs are dressed for both cold weather and a day at the beach, and we see them don­ning scarves, caps, rosy cheeks, and more. I love the mix­ing of mate­ri­als and how they’re han­dled in a painterly way. Small shapes of […]

Olympia Le-Tan’s Beautiful Embroidered Clutches Look like the Cover of a Book

Book lovers and ocean enthu­si­asts… this post is for you! It’s hot in Bal­ti­more (hello 99% humid­ity…) and sort of rainy, so these nautical-inspired acces­sories by Olympia Le-Tan (pre­vi­ously) seem very appro­pri­ate. The artist/illustrator/maker hand embroi­ders and appliques vin­tage book cover clutches, beaded fish purses, and caviar-themed hand­bags.  So, these aren’t just prod­ucts — they’re works […]