Category Archives: Textiles

Elin Thomas Makes Moldy Petri Dishes Look Cuddly

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 […]

Exquisite Illustrations Created by Drawing with Thread

This past week­end, while watch­ing the lat­est episode of Mad Men, I started a new embroi­dery. It’s my first one in many months! It feels good, ya’ll. Just like the work of Annal­isa Bollini. The Ital­ian illus­tra­tor cre­ates these mixed media scenes that are a com­bi­na­tion of embroi­dery, appliqué , and paper bits. She has exquis­ite line work […]

Bear Skin Rug? Nahhh. How About a Monster Skin Rug?

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 […]

Sofia Arnold’s Naturalistic Scenes of Wild Fantasies

For years, I’ve mar­veled at the work of Sofia Arnold. Her nat­u­ral­is­tic scenes are wild fan­tasies fea­tur­ing a host of char­ac­ters. Look closely, and you’ll see women in flow­ing dresses, small ani­mals, and ener­getic chil­dren woven in her com­po­si­tions. In an inter­view with Buy Some Damn Art, Sofia talks about recy­cling imagery and ideas in her work. It’s a valuable […]

An Interactive Comic, Microorganisms & More: the MFA ILP Show

Two Fri­days ago, I had the plea­sure of attend­ing the MFA Illus­tra­tion Prac­tice (MFA ILP) The­sis Exhi­bi­tion at Mary­land Insti­tute Col­lege of Art (MICA). I was really excited to see the show, as I grad­u­ated from the pro­gram in 2013 (the first class!) and wasn’t as famil­iar with this year’s work.They didn’t dis­ap­point! I was really […]

Fancy! Adorable Hand-Felted Cat Creatures and Regal Poodles

I know, I know. It hasn’t been all that long since I fea­tured the adorable stuffed crea­tures of Cat Rab­bit Plush. But, I vis­ited her Big Car­tel shop the other day and was excited by what I saw! She’s added hand-felted fancy poo­dles and well-dressed cat crea­tures with their own lit­tle pets. Since writ­ing about her work, […]

Beautiful, Bold Illustrations on Natural Fabrics by Amelie Mancini

Amelie Mancini is a French print maker and painter who is based in Brook­lyn. Her Etsy shop is full of wares that I’m con­stantly search­ing for: tea tow­els, totes, and pouches. The hand-printed pieces are bold, shape-driven draw­ings that fea­ture ani­mals, plants, and dec­o­ra­tive objects. Check out that vase tea towel that’s below — it’s my […]

Book Lovers: A Sneak Peek into Touchka’s Newest Illustrated Scarf!

For the past sev­eral months (prob­a­bly more), I have lusted after illus­trated silk scarves. I love how they tell sto­ries that are con­tained on a sin­gle panel. Plus, they have an obvi­ous prac­ti­cal use as a beau­ti­ful fash­ion acces­sory. Touchka designed these dreamy pieces that fea­ture bright col­ors and gor­geous, small details. Touchka is a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Jenny Lumelsky […]

Who Needs an Apple Watch…

…when there’s this “Apple Watch” around? This adorable felt cre­ation popped up on Hine Mizushima’s Insta­gram the other night. Sewn using tiny but­tons and snap fas­ten­ers to con­nect the band. Love it!

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 […]