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