Wood in the fireplace. A wooden home. A wooden blanket?
Elisa Strozyk is pushing the boundaries of textile arts. She creates a fabric-like structure by attaching small geometric wooden shapes to a textile base. The new “wooden textile” acts just like fabric, draping across beds, floors, even people. Just push it and, like . . . → Read More: Wooden textiles by Elisa Strozyk
In the series “#NEWSERIE,” Chile-based mixed media artist Jose Romussi uses a needle and thread to embroider over portraits of women. Flowers, masks and spirals obscure and embellish their faces. Lovely!
For more work by Romussi, see Embroidered photographs of dancers by Jose Romussi.”
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Just like people in California have their own style, trees also don their own version of originality. Jill Watt and her sister Lorna Watt recently wrapped this magnolia tree in downtown San Mateo (a suburb a few miles south of San Fancisco) with more than four miles of yarn to create this awesome squid. . . . → Read More: A tree in San Mateo transformed into a Squid through yarn-bombing
I love the embroidered art work of Mana Morimoto. Vintage fashion advertisements, selfies, bridges, Portland’s famous book store. All these images and more are the subject of Morimoto’s threadwork, nimble hands and incisive eye.
See more of the artist’s work on the CargoCollective.
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These bunnies are “melt my heart” cute.
Created by Canada based artist Sonja Ahlers, each woodland creature is hand-stitched from cut-up discarded sweaters made of natural fibers such as angora, lambswool and cashmere.
About her process, Ahler writes, “Many steps are involved in their creation. The carefully sourced vintage sweaters are prepared individually: . . . → Read More: “Fierce bunnies” made from salvaged sweaters by Sonja Ahlers
They follow us everywhere, yet are rarely seen. The soles of our shoes. Invisible yet indispensible. Salvaging worn leather footwear, artist Aya Haidar embroiders images of a ballerina, a soldier, a mother with a child. Traditional figures that have been passed down through generations in folk stories, fairy tales and fables.
From her . . . → Read More: Embroidery on the soles of old shoes by Aya Haidar
from “Roots and Clouds”
You know I like an artist if I feature them for a third time.
Amsterdam based artist Hagar Vardimon-van Heummen has two new series of embroidery and collage on paper. In ”Room Plant,” Heummen takes photographs of rustic homes/cabins and anchors them from below with collaged images of house plants, seashells, and rocks. The . . . → Read More: “Roots and Clouds” and “Room Plant” embroidery and collage on paper by Hagar Vardimon-van Heummen
Monday night San Francisco lost one of its most admired sculptors, Ruth Asawa. Asawa’s signature works are her transparent wire mesh sculptures. If you go to the de Young Museum, you can view several of these pieces hanging from the lobby area of the Museum’s tower. Composed of entwined wire, they appear to float in . . . → Read More: R.I.P. Ruth Asawa (1926-2013)
“Zap” hand knotted Tibetan wool rug
London, UK based artist Fiona Curran overlaps, transposes and juxtaposes brightly colored geometric shapes to form abstract spaces and landscapes. Some of these spaces are meditative, some simmer with warmth, others appear ready to unfurl large balls of energy. Originally, Curran’s medium was paint and cut paper. Now she . . . → Read More: Colorful abstract paintings, mixed-media works, rugs and a treehouse by Fiona Curran
Vestige and detail, Mixed media sewn found photos, 51 x 16 inches, 2001
In the series “Sewn Found Photos,” San Francisco bay area artist Lisa Kokin collects vintage photos of anonymous people taken during portrait sittings, vacations, and various family and social outings. Using her sewing machine, Kokin stitches them together to form a hanging tapestry. . . . → Read More: Found vintage photos sewn together into hanging tapestries by Lisa Kokin