Posts Tagged ‘art’

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I can’t find out a whole lot about Junko Oki, but I’m totally intrigued. See more on her website.

The Maker

A little beautiful maker melancholy for your Tuesday morning, featuring the amazing dolls of Amanda Louise Spayd. Watch it, you won’t regret it.

Spotted over on Mr X Stitch

Susanna Bauer’s Embroidered Leaves

Beautiful.

See more delicate combinations of leaves and cotton over on her website.

You’re Off The Edge Of the Map Here, Mate…

Here there be monsters.

And seriously gorgeous stitching. I can’t stop looking at this! A super sweet, full color rendition of our Battle of the Sea design stitched out by flickr user Sewphie T.

In case I was in need of something to be thankful for, talented UT stitchers like this always give me something to be elated about.  Happy Thanksgiving folks!

The Unraveled World of Faig Ahmed

Do not refresh your monitor in an attempt to get the top part of that picture to load. That, my dears, was made that way. These are the wonderful creations of Azerbajani artist Faig Ahmed. What are these carpets all about? Faig’s website explains…

Faig Ahme explores composition of a traditional Azerbaijanian carpet by disjointing its structure and placing its canonic elements into open space. Carpet is more a time structure than a graphical one. Initially it was considered as a sophisticated sort of writing rather than a mere decorative piece. And to read those written signs is a temporal process. By separating those signs and symbols Faiq switches the carpet from two-dimensional plane to three-dimensional space where it comes to life.

His carpets have gotten him international attention, but he has stretched his ideas into the physical space in even more ways, like with this installation pieces that seem to be a whole embroidered space, instead of a surface.

By taking traditional embroidery motifs off the rug, onto a wall and then shooting off into the world, his work jumps out in more than just the literal sense.

It’s not just the sense of reinventing the traditional work of tapestry and needlework, but the sense of such a refined craft that also holds an edge of unraveling at all times. I would just love love to see one of these in person.

Want more? Sure you do. See more images of his work on his website.

The Amazing Process Behind Cayce Zavaglia’s Embroidered Portraits

Colossal recently shared more work from the amazing embroidery portrait artist Cayce Zavaglia, but it was really this video of a peek into her studio and her process that captured me. What amazing work!

Machine Embroidered Viral Doilies

Now, when I say “viral” here I don’t mean it in the way that overconfident marketing execs mean it, though these things could go viral all on their own and that would be pretty meta.

No, these awesome machine embroidered doilies are viral in as such that they are designs from artist Laura Splan based on viral structures such as SARS, HIV, Influenza, etc.

From Laura’s website-

Doilies is a series of computerized machine embroidered doilies. The design of each doily is based on a different viral structure. The lace doily has traditionally referenced designs and motifs from nature. Furthermore, these decorative objects would be heirlooms, handed down from one generation to the next. The work explores the “domestication” of microbial and biomedical imagery. Many recent events, epidemics, and commercial products have brought this imagery into our living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. Bio-terrorism, SARS, and antibacterial soaps alike have all heightened our awareness of the microbial world. Doilies serve as a metaphor for the way we have adapted our everyday lives to these now everyday concerns. Here domestic artifacts and heirlooms manifest the psychological heredity of our cultural anxieties.

It’s interesting how much these remind me of these designs that are used used for tissue repair after surgery. Maybe there’s just something in the nature of the circular, organic shape? However one is designed to repair, and these, as the viral design would imply, would do the exact opposite.

You can see more of this project and more designs over on Laura’s website.

via Explore