I am fairly new to crafting and had always associated embroidery with a certain kind of fuddy-duddy Englishness, this idea obviously flowed from my total ignorance about the subject. As soon as I began researching the ‘new handmade/craft movement’ I discovered that my ingrained and untested notions about embroidery where laughable. If you read my post dedicated to the Forget Me-Not show at Gallery Hanahou last week you can only agree that there has been a marvelous re-flourishing in the art of embroidery. If you fancy adding some beautiful pieces to your home look no further than Etsy. I would also recommend a visit to Flickr where you can view work by some incredibly talented artists who work in this medium. Below you will find some of my personal favourites.
I admire Joetta Maue’s work very much, vintage linen, embroidery yarn and personal expression. These pieces spill out beyond the frame and set my imagination off along interesting paths! Scared is available from Joetta’s Etsy shop Bird & Bear.
Cathy Cullis draws, paints, writes and creates the most beautiful pieces of art with her sewing machine. I think that everyone has been astounded, although not surprised, by the artistry, symbolic power and poetic beauty of Cathy’s most recent embroidery work. Three Wishes – Embroidery Wall Panel (above) is one of my favourites. Cathy is updating her shop today, be quick and ask the Etsy gods for speedy click fingers!
I like the idea of Merit Badges for grown ups too, which would I get I wonder? So charming for Valentine’s Day (although a little late now, I have to confess that my gifts will be late this year!) these are very special. For Being Birds Of A Feather Merit Badges from Lee Meszaros.
I am so in love with the work of Jessica Marquez who has an exquisite Etsy shop named Miniature Rhino. The Blue Tree Stump Embroidery (above) is a perfect combination of colour, texture and super-tight stitch work! We only saw a sneak peek of Jessica’s submissions for Forget Me- Not (incidentally you can now purchase the works included in the show here, I have bagged myself an early birthday present from the gallery, can you guess which one?) so enjoy some more work from Minature Rhino with me now.
From Flickr (above). Swoon times five!
The Friday interview will appear on Monday, Ishi and me are off to look at a Nursery this afternoon. The bean is very ready to be a little more sociable and Mummy is boring at times, especially when she “presses the keys” (writes blog posts)! My Monday interviewee is an amazing artist from Korea, no more hints! I am also hoping to post a plush round up very soon!