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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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 pictures. And, at the same time, it’s a great contrast between the smooth silver gelatin photos beneath the fuzzy threads.
Almas Pieters is an illustrator based in the Netherlands who creates her illustrations with things like textiles and embroidery thread. She uses a variety of stitches to create full color and highly textured works of three-eyed beasts, masks, and severed heads.
I’m really impressed with the craft of Pieter’s work. The stitches are neatly applied, and there’s a real sense of movement in each piece. Perfect for depicting waves, limbs, and more.
So, I was on vacation for a whole week (over a week ago at this point) and made some good progress on my current embroidery work. I love this activity, but alas, it’s more of a reward for when I finish other responsibilities, so it can be a slow grind through these stitches. Do you have something like this in your life?
Also, what are you working on? Let me know via Twitter or Facebook!
I’m blown away by all of the color and texture that’s in these illustrations by Ann Khokhlova. The luscious application of thread/yarn makes for dense compositions that are very expressive. They are a sea of stitches, and I like how Khokhlova uses the chain stitch to create waves of color that sends your eye on a journey as she depicts narrative folk-inspired tales.
I was in New York this past weekend (check out the awesome Airbnb I stayed in via my Instagram), and the four hour bus ride gave the me the opportunity to get some embroidery done.
I still have a long ways to go, but I’m happy with how it’s turning out so far. Does anyone else find embroidery soothing?
Bonus! My cat Pauline (and a blurry look into my kitchen).