I’m always looking for inspiring Instagram accounts, and I’ve found that with Yumiko Higuchi (@yumikohiguch). Her embroidery is beautiful and process-oriented, so you see a lot of work-in-progress and detail shots in her feed. Judging from how many different patterns and pieces she photographs, you can tell that she’s a busy stitcher.
Yumiko creates a lot of hand-crafted coin purses, highlighting the beginning of the process to the finish product—it inspires me to make my own! Have you ever sewn your own purse? If so, what’s the best tutorial(s) for it?
The devil’s in the details, as they say, and let me tell you—there are some great illustrative details in Gucci’s Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear collection. It includes some very decorated dresses, jackets, pants, and accessories, with glittering sequin snakes, flowers, and bows. Flora and fauna are a big part of this collection, and they make an appearance against bright colors and busy patterns. A feast for the eyes, indeed.
There are 66 looks in this collection. Check ‘em out in their entirety on Vogue.com.
Sarah K. Benning is a contemporary crafts-lady who fills wooden hoops with meticulously-stitched ferns, cacti, and other potted houseplants. As a fellow plant embroiderer, I absolutely love these—they’re little vignettes of everyday life, created with the time-honored tradition of stitching. They’re a nice complement to artist Anna Valdez’s paintings of interior spaces, don’t you think?
Sarah has an Etsy shop where you can buy her embroidered beauties. And Londoners, she’ll also be at Renegade Craft Fair in London next month!
For over 40 years, artist Ed Bing Lee has created knotted artworks to form small sculptures like sweet treats and junk food. He was first attracted to this fiber process because of its “immediacy, and the fact that little specialized equipment is required, which allows for great latitude in approach as to design, concept and technique.” Basically, you can really customize the process to make it your own.
Because these soft pieces are made with thread, they aren’t as sturdy as other materials. The artworks twist and bend, creating surreal-looking objects that are reminiscent of Dali’s melting clocks. But the famed Spaniard isn’t the only artist whose work is conjured by these textiles. In an artist statement, Lee explains:
I thought the process of creating an image of multicolor knots is not unlike Seurat’s pointillism. In three dimensional or sculptural work, the knotting process is most forgiving and the work can progress in many directions simultaneously. The distinction of warp and filling is interchangeable.
Cupcakes, ice cream cones, key lime pie… Ed’s pieces are definitely after my own heart. (via Creative Boom)
Ever thought about adding florals to your daily stretches? Illustrator and textile designer Caitlin Shearer has, as evidenced in her series Reproduction. The soft, airy images feature a woman as she poses with uncolored blooms. Simultaneously surreal, beautiful, and strange, the series highlights the tranquility we can feel when we just sit and chill. Take some time for yourself. You’ve earned it!
Be sure to check out Caitlin’s blog and follow her on Facebook—she updates both regularly.
Here’s a look at Caitlin’s clothing. (Available in her shop.)
Above: included in Coordinate Disregard
This past weekend, I went to the opening of Coordinate Disregard at the Terrault Contemporary in Baltimore. There, I saw the work Brooklyn-based fiber artist Alicia Scardetta, who I’ve been following on Instagram but hadn’t before seen her colorful weavings in person. And let me tell you, they are awesome. Intricate and jubilant, they combine a variety of weaving techniques and are “part tapestry, part friendship bracelet.”
To produce these meticulous pieces, Alicia uses frame tapestry looms and creates parameters for each weaving. Through this, she explores the possibilities and limitations of the “grid structure that forms woven textiles.” The process isn’t unlike illustration. In both fields, there are guidelines you must operate within, and part of the challenge is figuring out how to let your artistic voice shine.
If you’re local to Charm City, make sure you check out Coordinate Disregard. It’s up until September 26 and in addition to Alicia, includes work by: Randall Lear, Elissa Levy, Gabriel Luis Perez, and Curtis Miller. Plus, it’s curated by my pal Amy Boone-McCreesh, who is also an amazing artist!
At the end of July, I posted about an embroidery project I was working on: Favorite Bites in Baltimore. I’m happy to say that it’s done (!!) and features some of my favorite things I’ve eaten during my 10+ years of living in the city.
The foods I embroidered:
- Top left: S’mores in a Jar (from Hamilton Tavern)
- Bottom left: Dirtyboy (from Bun Shop)
- Middle: Greek Pizza (from Joe Squared)
- Right: Fried Oyster Mushrooms, Feta Cheese, Arugula, and Hot Sauce (from Mushroom Stand at JFX Farmer’s Market)
There will be text on top of the embroidery that explains the project—I’ll post that once it’s done.
Now that Favorite Bites is done, I’m going to go back to embroidering decorative floral scenes. But I do have plans to continue this food series. Cleveland is next!
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!
(Follow me on Instagram to see regular updates of what I’m working on.)
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)