Artist Ulla Stina Wikander uses cross stitch embroidery to create a new skin for everyday objects. Finding older, outdated technology, and furniture, she lines them with colorful embroidery that’s just as old (or older). “The cross-stitch designs I have collected for many years,” she explains, “and placing them in a new context allows them to change.”
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Brooklyn based artist, Tsuru Bride (Japanese word for crane), aka Meghan Willis, celebrates women’s strength and sexuality through her work; and I love her semi-super hero dossier. “By day I work in the apparel industry, and by night I explore the art of undressing, movement, and sensuality through embroidery,” she writes. “I aim to tempt the viewer to follow the delicate stitching that caresses the bodies I reveal through thread.”
Her work is hand embroidered on linen, leather appliques are stitched often creating colorful illusions, then hand painted with acrylics. Check it out these conversation starters…
Tart, Stretched Canvas, 8″ x 10″
Open Closed, 10″ x 11″
TUG, silk organza, Liberty print, and leather appliques 10″ x 12″
Double Exposure No. 5 (Tita), 8″ x10″
Double Exposure No. 3 (Nina), 8″ x 10″
Rift, 9″ x 17″
Coy, 10″ x 15″
photos courtesy of Meghan Willis website.
Textile Artist, Ana Teresa Barboza is onto new things – embroidered landscapes and plants. But I’ll be forever attached to her series, BORDADOS, where she explores the art of embroidering the body and skin.
It’s visually intoxicating to imagine the grabbing, the pulling of oneself apart into threads to rearrange your fabric; stitch yourself back together in a way more suitable to breathe.
She makes it seem a natural course of thought, that one could exist in a space that allows nature to emulate canvas, where we can weave ourselves anew with needle and thread. These works are primal representations of structures torn from within or adorned throughout.
“Working with my hands, it’s something I’ve always done since childhood… and the incredible images that textiles can produce. I feel the fabric gives familiarity to the image, it pulls you in to stop and admire the details.”* – Ana Teresa Barboza
Artist Links: Ana Teresa Barboza Website
*quote taken from interview with Barboza at Textile Artist.
Explore another artist who takes needle to skin, in our interview with Eliza Bennet’s “A Women’s Work is Never Done”.
Well, our old tennis rackets are simply hanging out in boxes, pushed away into dark corners of our basement closets. Meanwhile, Cape Town-based designer and embroidery artist, Danielle Clough uses them to frame off vibrant embroidered flowers. Her series, What a Racket features brightly colored wool flowers weaved between the delicate threading of old badminton and tennis rackets.
Rackets aren’t the only things she’s been embroidering, check out her website to see her other fiber art projects.
ABANDONED AMUSEMENT PARKS (132,000+)The response to these haunting pictures taken in abandoned amusement parks by Francesco Mugnai was overwhelming. Most of you thought it was “creepy yet beautiful, scary, cool or wanted to find one of your own to film in.
ERIN RILEY’S TABOO TAPESTRY (77,000+)Fiber artist Erin M. Riley tackles depictions of female sexuality, drug use, birth control, car crashes, selfies, among others…all on her loom. 77,000 of you think these are some bad ass tapestries – and I agree. Erin had a great year as well. She had several solo shows and was repped’ hard at Pulse NY Fair and Miami’s Select Fair. If you don’t have the dough to pick up one of her pieces – you can still make off with one of her limited edition patches. I’m thinking late stocking stuffers.
YOU AND ME (25,000+)You folks really enjoyed Zhang Zhaohui’s interactive adult sized metal cut out’s, ‘You & Me’ set up in the famous 798 Art District in Beijing China.
PARISIAN STREET ARTIST: LEVALET (6,000+) In the midst of the Banksy NYC residency, photos of French Street Artist, Levalet were popping up all over Instagram. His black & white wheat pastes interacting with their surroundings in a way that continued to amuse us in the way Banksy did in the past.
IZZIYANA SUHAIMI (5,000+) We stumbled onto a gem when we caught sight of Singapore artist, Izziyana Suhaimi who incorporates embroidery into her pencil & watercolor portraits. These quirky mixed media portraits surprise and pop with color and depth – you guys loved how she transformed this traditional form of stitching.