It’s been a while since I’ve shared a glimpse into my studio! Here’s a fun embroidery I’ve been working on the past couple of weeks. It combines two things I love: stitching and good food.
The [working] title for this piece is called Favorite Bites in Baltimore, and it will include a half dozen of my favorite things I’ve eaten while living in Baltimore. So far, I’ve completed S’mores in a Jar from Hamilton Tavern and the Dirtyboy from Bun Shop. Now, I’m in the middle of a slice of pizza from Joe Squared.
I’m planning on embroidering a few more foods, but narrowing down the choices has been really hard. Baltimore has some great restaurants!
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For many years, I embroidered on paper. It’s not the easiest way to work, but it sure creates an interesting, unexpected effect that can act as a substitute for a pen, pencil, or paint. With this idea in mind, illustrator Izziyana Suhaimi combines drawing and thread in her series of portraits called Friends to keep you warm. The images are what you might expect from the title — people are depicted wearing colorful, whimsical hats and scarves. Izziyana draws their faces with a fine-tipped pen and adds a little shading. Then, she stitches and knits their accessories so they’ll never be without something on their head or neck.
(Thanks for the link, Marisa!!)
I love it when embroidery is in used in unconventional applications, and designer Elliot Schultz has done so in a super creative way. He created a series of embroidered zoetrope!
If you aren’t familiar with a zoetrope, it’s an animation technique that uses a series of pictures on an inner surface. When they’re rotated and displayed — either with a strobe light or by photographs — the illusion of motion is created.
For his final project at the ANU School of Art in Australia, Elliot created six discs with animated sequences embroidered on their surfaces. They were designed to be played on standard turntables, borrowing the shape and size from a 10″ vinyl record. Once they were hit with a strobe light, the animations came to life.
Check out the GIFs and video to see these pieces in action. How cool! (Via Colossal)
Stitched fish, anyone? Artist Kate Jenkins crochets all sorts of different foods that just might make you hungry. Or, at the very least, in awe of her crafting skills. Anchovies, eggs, and bacon all resemble what they actually are. Sometimes, Kate will add some glam to her creations and work sequins in with the yarn. This makes her pieces appear shiny , which is perfect for glossy fish scales and amber-colored honey.
Ashlee Woo creates portraits of celebrities, artists, and political leaders using a combination of digital embroidery and silk screen. The abstract images feature thick stitched lines that define the large, bold shapes of the subject. Smaller, more expressive embroidery adds fun details like crazy hair styles and delicate facial features. This combination produces unique profiles that capture both a likeness as well as an essence of their personality. Love!
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Artist Elin Thomas makes moldy petri dishes look cute and cuddly. Using a combination of embroidery thread, crochet, and needle felting, she creates unique textile pieces. The fuzzy felt produces the effect of tiny hairs sprouting from the yarn spores.
If something has mold on it, I’m usually grossed out. But not with Elin’s work! She’s able to make these science projects into appealing brooches, rings, and art for your home. Check out more of her accessories on Etsy.
Years ago, on Pinterest, I saw this Monster Skin Rug designed by Joshua Ben Longo and fell in love. It’s a clever take on those bear skin rugs you see in the movies, except more fun and a lot less cruel. They’re made of 50% wool / 50% polyester felt scales that are then sewn to a felt silhouette and stuffed with polyester. Plus, they plastic teeth!
It turns out Longo had been making the rugs by hand for years, but at a very high cost for the consumer. Now, he’s turned to Kickstarter to help with the cost of production and produce Monster Skin Rug in volume. For $425, you can own this delightful piece of decor.
If $425 is out of your price range, Joshua has other monster-related items you can own. Finger puppets, totems, and other soft sculptures are all available.
And, a little extra. Another creation by Joshua!