yumi okita


Ok. Part of me is so in love with these textile moths {the colors, the patterns, the skilled technique required to make them}, but the other part of me… shudder! Yes, I have some major issues with flying things {there’s a story about a butterfly sanctuary in there, but that’s for another day.} Luckily these beauties, by North Carolina based artist Yumi Okita, can’t fly… RIGHT? Oh, and just so you have a sense of scale:

Lovely… but I am sooooo glad that’s not real.  #sanctuaryflashback






comments (46)

  1. brennan marie /// 07.16.2014 /// 8:18am

    OH my gosh, Stunning! So inspiring!

  2. Julia Prusi /// 07.16.2014 /// 9:13am

    The most spectacular work of art! Beautiful, delicate, fragile, strong, and a little frightening, too. I love these! <3

  3. kellyjo /// 07.16.2014 /// 9:34am

    I really hope Yumi is in a position to open her Etsy shop back up. These things are GORGEOUS!

  4. Harriet Hamilton /// 07.16.2014 /// 10:51am

    Ooooooh, I want one!

  5. Brittany | The Home Ground /// 07.16.2014 /// 5:26pm

    These are absolutely breathtaking! I’m inspired to start embroidering again!

  6. jess /// 07.16.2014 /// 10:54pm

    W O W amazing

  7. Margot /// 07.17.2014 /// 12:22am

    I just love these. Imagine them as furry pets – much more cuddly and strokeable than birds. I wonder what sound they would make to communicate? Soft deep purr or just audible squeak? Hmmmmm

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  9. ADnjus | Textile Moth and Butterfly Sculptures by Yumi Okita /// 07.17.2014 /// 8:10am

    [...] North Carolina-based artist Yumi Okita creates beautiful textile sculptures of months, butterflies, and other insects with various textiles and embroidery techniques. The pieces are quite large measuring nearly a foot wide and contain other flourishes including painting, feathers, and artificial fur. You can many of her most recent pieces here. (via the Jealous Curator) [...]

  10. Tiffany Knox /// 07.17.2014 /// 12:32pm

    So neato!

  11. Textile Moth and Butterfly Sculptures by Yumi Okita » My Design Stories /// 07.17.2014 /// 12:47pm

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    [...] North Carolina-based artist Yumi Okita creates beautiful textile sculptures of months, butterflies, and other insects with various textiles and embroidery techniques. The pieces are quite large, measuring nearly a foot wide and contain other flourishes including painting, feathers, and artificial fur. You can many of her most recent pieces here. (via the Jealous Curator) [...]

  13. Quick Picks – featuring fabric moths, a garden in a ruler, and wire fairies | Shy Fox Photography /// 07.17.2014 /// 4:19pm

    [...] ♥ Artist Yumi Okita makes giant fabric moths. Her Etsy shop is closed at the moment so in the meantime you can check out her work via The Jealous Curator. [...]

  14. Textile Moth and Butterfly Sculptures by Yumi Okita | Arts /// 07.17.2014 /// 9:37pm

    [...] North Carolina-based artist Yumi Okita creates beautiful textile sculptures of months, butterflies, and other insects with various textiles and embroidery techniques. The pieces are quite large, measuring nearly a foot wide and contain other flourishes including painting, feathers, and artificial fur. You can many of her most recent pieces here. (via the Jealous Curator) [...]

  15. Juliane /// 07.18.2014 /// 1:50am

    You can see her sold work on Etsy by clicking this link –
    https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/irohandbags/sold

  16. Palm-Sized Moths That Won't Give You the Heebie Jeebies, I Promise | Brown Paper Bag /// 07.18.2014 /// 6:04am

    [...] So these lit­tle crea­tures have been mak­ing their way around the web, and with good rea­son; they’re really neat! North Carolina-based artist Yumi Okita hand­crafted these tex­tile moths, using a com­bi­na­tion of fab­ric, cot­ton, fake fur, embroi­dery thread, wire, feath­ers, and more to con­struct them. The col­or­ful sculp­tures will fit in the palm of your hand and are avail­able in Okita’s Etsy shop. Via The Jeal­ous Cura­tor. [...]

  17. Laura | Baking Outside the Box /// 07.18.2014 /// 12:28pm

    I love these moths!!!! My husband and I just had the first book in a new series by Tor Books come out July 1…The Book is called ‘Unwept’, The series is namesd ‘Nightbirtds’. Tanks for the inspiration.

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  19. Ana Botelho /// 07.21.2014 /// 6:06am

    I want one sooooooo badly. Stunning!! Thank you ever so much for all your hard work in finding the most awesome art.

  20. These Giants Bugs Are Actually Beautiful Textile Moths | Funny Bundle /// 07.21.2014 /// 6:37am

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  21. Gigantic moth and butterfly sculptures created by embellished embroidered textiles by Yumi Okita - Made In Slant /// 07.21.2014 /// 8:13pm

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  22. Miss Manitas /// 07.23.2014 /// 12:46am

    Ooohhh…amazing!!! they are so real!! and lovely!! ;-)

  23. Yumi Okita – Textile Art – Embroidered Moths | Small for BIg /// 07.24.2014 /// 3:00am

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  24. ps /// 07.26.2014 /// 8:43am

    Moths are the most lovely unscary flying creatures…made of dust and not much else folks.

  25. Aili Taber /// 07.27.2014 /// 7:17am

    Just beautiful!

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  27. In the fiber world - Sherri Woodard Coffey /// 07.31.2014 /// 12:04am

    [...] The wonderful fiber insects by Yumi Okita are beautiful! The one pictured on the left has the materials in the caption–hand painted fabric. Look how those colors blend into the next. The link above takes you to an Etsy store that’s on vacation, but that’s the only link I could find for her. Perhaps it’s closed because everything has been sold. By the way, love the logo for her store! I want one of these too! Other places to see her creations are here, here, and here. [...]

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  29. tommy /// 08.03.2014 /// 2:12pm

    Plesse let me know where to get these! Thanxs

  30. Dawn- Vintage Vixen Arts /// 08.07.2014 /// 1:47am

    Yumi’s work is exquisite, and every time I see it I appreciate that each one is a true masterpiece!

  31. DULY NOTED // 8.8 | coco+kelley /// 08.08.2014 /// 4:08pm

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  34. Marta /// 09.17.2014 /// 1:31am

    So beautiful! :) Thank you for this amazing post! Also, I hope you don’t mind me sharing this on my own inspirations blog too.

  35. the jealous curator /// 09.17.2014 /// 8:17am

    not at all! thanks marta :)

  36. Mission: Cardigan – and more amazing textile art | Natalie Warner | berylliantknits /// 10.02.2014 /// 3:14am

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  38. lyn lewis /// 10.16.2014 /// 9:50am

    Stunning these! Have you seen Mister Finchs butterfly’s too?
    http://www.mister-finch.com/

  39. the jealous curator /// 10.16.2014 /// 10:53am

    yes! so good!

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