Embroidery

Appliqué Illustrations Offer a New Twist on Aesop’s Fables


Mika Hirasa appliqué illustration

Using exquis­ite antique linen, kimono fab­ric, and lace, Mika Hirasa cre­ates appliqué illus­tra­tions. Her most recent series fea­tures fiber inter­pre­ta­tions of Aesop’s Fables, com­bin­ing the col­lage-like tech­nique with embroi­dery.

Mika’s use of neg­a­tive space is espe­cial­ly impact­ful with the appliqué. She’ll cut out bold shapes from the fab­ric and then adhere them to oth­er areas of the com­po­si­tion. In place is intri­cate stitch­ing that mim­ics line draw­ing. The result is visu­al­ly rich and full of depth while plac­ing a con­tem­po­rary spin on these old tales.

Mika Hirasa appliqué illustration

Mika Hirasa appliqué illustration

Mika Hirasa appliqué illustrations

Mika Hirasa appliqué illustrations

Mika Hirasa appliqué illustrations

Mika Hirasa appliqué illustrations

Mika Hirasa appliqué illustrations

Mika Hirasa appliqué illustrations

Mika Hirasa appliqué illustrations

Mika Hirasa appliqué illustrations

Mika Hirasa appliqué illustration