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?
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For the love of sewing and the sea. I love both of those things. Daga Freya of Private Dock creates textile art and home accessories and says she wants everyone to have their own “private dock;” meaning, I take it, items that reflect one’s personal love of the ocean.
I first want to highlight these super cool art pillows.
Love the fabrics.
And then there are the gorgeous textile pieces made to look like ocean scenes. In looking through the different pics of each item, I noted how some of them look abstract close up but become a whole picture from far away.
One last piece and you can see much more at Private Dock.
Such a perfect frame.
Kirsten Chursinoff is a fabric artist whose needle and thread creations often feature nature—birds, trees, etc., in all their gloriously stitched detail. Loving her bird nests. She exhibits a lot and some of her work was published in one of my very favorite needlework books Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery.
More on Kirsten Chursinoff’s website.
I found Meagan Ileana through her beautiful flickr stream and eventually made my way to her website. Many of her embroidered pieces are nude studies and include elements of nature (other than the human body of course).
These pieces say “curves” to me. They say softness, beauty, and comfort. Especially the pieces of the women with the poppies, lotus pods, and pine cones, in which, I think, the plants look like they are both part of the women and also embracing them.
Here’s what she says:
“In the beginning these pieces celebrated the audacity of using embroidery to create images of nudes. Then I began a journey of self-exploration and found a comfort and joy in viewing my own body as artists view their subjects. As time has progressed the pieces have become more about emotions and the lens has turned inward to bring out a more honest narrative. My hope is that people find something in the work to which they can personally relate.”
Audacity—I like that. While I agree that the use of the medium is audacious, these particular pieces don’t come off as audacious to me. They seems so natural. And therefore completely “decent.”
More soft sculpture this week as I have just discovered the lovely Red Tree Designs. I think I am most amazed by these textile moths.
I’ve been noticing a lot of textile moths lately from various artists. It leads me to think that maybe textile artists are attracted to these delicate creatures because of the detail and delicacy often intrinsic to their art. Light, fluttery, winged insects make a perfect subject. In addition, a lot of the creators I interview say they are inspired by nature.
Speaking of which, Red Tree also sells these stuffed animals.
Very natural and sweet, aren’t they? Red Tree has a line of great bags too.
Oh my. These fabric insects take my breath away.
Such detail. Such delicacy.
Scottish creator Lisa Toppin is obviously inspired by nature’s smallest creatures. Her etsy bio says she learned to sew very young and don’t the years of practice show? Her shop is named after her two grandmothers.
In her shop you’ll also find hoop art depicting both flora and fauna as well as brooches, ornaments, and botanical illustrations.
These mind-blowingly intricate leaf cuttings are made by self-taught artist Lorenzo M. Durán. Here’s what he says about them:
“Inspired by a caterpillar I decided to cut plant leaves the same way as other artists do with paper, that idea captivated my whole mind because it looked like a great opportunity to combine two of my true passions: art and nature. Due to the lack of information about the “leaf cutting art” I have developed my own technique, going through a long trial-and-error process until I found a good way of cutting my designs without spoiling the leaf. I use a surgical scalpel to cut the figure, removing the plant tissue until the image, previously drawn on paper and fixed to the leaf, appears. My geometric or figurative designs mostly come from my innate observation of nature and the personal metamorphosis I have gone through in recent years.”
You’ll find many more of these beauties on his website, which is translated in both English and Spanish.
Can you just picture these gathered on the wall of a little nook in your home?
As if they’d just landed there. Mary Louise of mlmxoxo offers wool felt and hand embroidered accessories/art in her etsy shop. I love the bright colors of the butterfly pieces.
And I’ve never seen wasps this pretty. She clearly has an appreciation for these critters that I do not possess.
I think I will adopt one of those kitties. More in the mlmxoxo shop.