This is me, mesmerized by Kate Keara Pelen’s stitching.
How cool is the color (inked) on that aida fabric?
I love the “splotches” of color created by her satin stitches.
This table cloth is pretty righteous too.
More needlework and pieces done in different media here.
I know nothing about this talented embroiderer—only that I admire her work lustily via Flickr. Does anyone else have any insight? I couldn’t find a blog or website. But psshaw, who needs it to admire these amazing pieces?
Get ready for my favorite…
Uh-huh, yep, a Gatsby cover. Such great detail.
Embroidered clothes (work I especially admire since I’m frightened to try it…)
More embroidered awesome by Cécile here.
In essence, says Lorraine Roy, she paints with fabric. Roy explains in her web bio that growing up she developed a passionate love of textile work and science both. She is a lover of trees and of the natural landscape of her home in Southwestern Ontario.
“My science education and my love of fabric set the stage for a unique art career. As I became proficient, I devoted more and more time to my art until, just over twenty five years ago, it became a full time occupation. Not surprisingly, most of my imagery was, and is, inspired by trees. Trees are classic symbols of our connection with the natural world. And what better medium than fabric, itself a plant or animal product, to capture and reflect the attributes of nature? My latest imagery combines realism and abstraction, providing ample room for interpretation and sensual pleasure. Nothing brings me more joy than to coax order and beauty out of a messy jumble of materials. I like to think that my art imitates life.”
You can read her full bio here.
Roy’s website features a lovely gallery of her work. She also offers workshops and presentations. What I wouldn’t give to learn from this talented lady!
I love her use of color in these trees. She makes them seem at once fantastical and completely natural.
Awesome abstracts too:
It’s still quite snowy here. It’s a balmy 30 degrees today and slush is everywhere. Really has me hankering for spring, but alas, it’s early to be thinking those thoughts. Instead, I’m becoming focused. Checking out snowflakes in detail, mushy wet tree bark, glistening icicles, and drops of water making the slow climb down various windowpanes. Things slow down for me in the winter. I notice more. Which is all a very long way to introduce the topic of my post today–nature studies in stitch. Not all wintery. But all meditations. Enjoy!
These trees are stunning, and I can’t find the origin. Anybody know?
Tweeted by Louise Gardener
Sequin Soup – don’t you love that name? It’s the title of Aisling Smyth’s tumblr and I personally would like to dive headfirst into a soup made by this talented embroiderer. You’ll see collage and illustration there too. I like how she mixes her media—floss, paint, fabric, machine and hand embroidery. Her work looks and feel experimental, like art is play for her.
Which is not to say that her work isn’t put-together because it absolutely is. But on Smyth’s tumblr, we get to see the progress.
Pattern, pattern, pattern. A celebration of pattern.
Some pop culture for fun.
And how amazing is this?
It was featured on Mr X Stitch.
Pop over to tumblr and get to know Smyth and her work.