medium /// embroidery

i’m jealous of nike schroeder

Berlin based artist Nike Schroeder has me swooning over her series, Fundamental Reports. Her images are inspired by vintage photographs {usually from the 1940s & 50s} that she finds in thrift shops… and then, the embroidery begins! Anyone that can draw with thread is a-okay in my books {… and all of those loose strands – love!}. If you happen to be in Hamburg, you can pop by Urban Outfitters to see this work on display until July, 2012.

Oh, and also, there is this:


i’m jealous of evelin kasikov

Stitched portraits, CMYK experiments, bold typography! Whoa… the graphic designer, and the artsy embroidery-lover, in me are both madly in love! London based designer/artist Evelin Kasikov blends these two disciplines perfectly! She has been commissioned to do works for WIRED, The New York Times, Kate Spade and many others. Yep, madly in love, and totally jealous! Oh, and you have to see her artist profile for the Kate Spade project:

Madly. In. Love.

i’m jealous of jose romussi

I’ll be the first to admit, it was these embroidered, vintage dancers that totally drew me into the portfolio of Chilean mixed media artist Jose Romussi:

So gorgeous, right! That was going to be my post, but then I kept digging, and I found these:

Yes! Indeed.

{via Candy Ping Pong}

i’m jealous of shaun kardinal… again

Sweet jiminy… I absolutely love the vintage postcard/geometric embroidery mixed media work of Seattle based artist Shaun Kardinal. I wrote about him in the fall of 2010, but he’s been busy since then! So many amazing new pieces have been added to his already envy-worthy portfolio. And then of course, there’s this:

A big neon pink D, on an old mountain covered postcard?! D for Danielle… do you see why I NEED this?!

GIRL CRUSH… in seattle! {may 19th}

When you hear the name Dottie Angel, I’m quite sure you immediately think of the faceless, crafty goddess who resides at Mossy Shed, and looks a little something like this, yes?

Well, I am so excited for you to meet the woman {with a face} behind Dottie Angel… the insanely talented, Seattle based artist, Tif Fussell:

Tif and I have planned an AMAZING, collaborative, creative tea party for Seattle! The theme… “assembling”, and I’ll tell you why. Twelve of us are going to “assemble” at the very lovely “Assemble Gallery & Studio“, where we will “assemble” a collaborative, mixed media collage {using vintage papers, thread, text, images, buttons… whatever Tif and I can dig out of our studios, really}. After spending the morning talking artist blocks & inspirations, we’ll have plenty of ideas to work into our piece! Now, the most exciting part… our finished, “assembled” piece will hang as a group show at Assemble Gallery! Seriously. When the show comes down a few weeks later, the collage will be snipped into individual pieces, and you can each take one home for your very own studio wall. Here’s a quick look at an example that Tif put together:

Ah, so lovely! Oh, and did I mention that we’ll be eating stacks of sweet little cupcakes while we do this?! Yes, yes we will. If you’d like to join us on Saturday May 19th, in Seattle at Assemble Gallery & Studio, just click here to register. YAY!

{Thank you so much to Tif, and Andie & Emily at Assemble… and to Seattle blogger/writer/photographer Melanie B. for getting this whole Seattle Girl Crush rolling on Twitter! I think she has it almost sold out, so sign up soon!)

i’m jealous of hagar van heummen

Hello. My name is Danielle, and I’m an embroidery-aholic. Ok. Yes, it’s true, I have been on a major embroidery kick lately. And clearly I have no self control, because when I found the lovely work of Amsterdam based artist Hagar van Heummen {and her girls in weird, triangular, red hats} I couldn’t stop myself from writing about them. Love, love, love!!!

I’ll stop tomorrow. Maybe.

i’m jealous of “selflesh”

So, the other day a reader named Lisa left a comment on one of my posts, with a link to the work in this Etsy shop {thank you Lisa – clearly, you know what I like!} I didn’t recognize the shop name, but the work looked strangely familiar… and rightly so! This is the work of Shannon Rankin, an amazing American installation artist that I wrote about last January! These are her smaller, non-installation pieces, that she sells from her Etsy shop, selflesh. She uses bits of maps, and embroidery thread to make me jealous create these lovely {unbelievably inexpensive!} pieces.

i’m jealous of maria aparicio {and friends}

Gasp! I’m dying… DYING! I absolutely love this work by Maria Aparicio… and friends. All of these pieces are collaborations with various photographers. They supply the stunning images, and she supplies the soul-crushing, jealousy-inducing embroidery. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to sit down so I can catch my breath. Um, you may want to call 911. Thank you.

i’m jealous of amanda mccavour

Thread. All of it. Yes, even that lovely living room suspended from the ceiling… it’s all thread! I’m lucky if I can hem a skirt, but clearly Toronto based artist Amanda McCavour is more than comfortable using a sewing machine! Here is Amanda’s artist statement describing her process {because you know you wanna know how she does it!}:

In my work, I use a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations by sewing into a fabric that dissolves in water. This fabric makes it possible for me to build up the thread by sewing repeatedly into my drawn images so that when the fabric is dissolved, the image can hold together without a base. These thread images appear as though they would be easily unraveled and seemingly on the verge of falling apart, despite the works actual raveled strength.

I am interested in the vulnerability of thread, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together.  I am interested in the connections between process and materials and the way that they relate to images and spaces.  Tracing actions and environments through a process of repetition, translation and dissolving, I hope to trace absence.  My work is a process of making as a way of tracing and preserving things that are gone, or slowly falling apart.

i’m jealous of aili schmeltz

Orange thread… mountains… gold… stripes… wood… STOP! I can’t take any more – it’s all so amazing! I love these sculptures by LA based artist Aili Schmeltz. Stunning, sharp geometric shapes married perfectly with soft organic elements. I was going to try to explain what this work is all about, but it will be so much easier to let Aili do it:

My most recent body of work examines my fascination and love/hate relationship with the city of Los Angeles, where I currently live. Los Angeles has a sordid environmental history as a strange apocalyptic theme park. It’s plush, manicured landscape is a reminder of both a forced growth in an otherwise desert geography and as a monument to man’s ingenuity made possible by diverting an unfathomable amount of water from distant sources. I am fascinated by the hybridized structures and blatant artifice of the city in both it’s natural and man made environments where hill top homes float precariously overhead on earth that has a topographical complexity of embedded catastrophe.

{I found the gold piece, titled quite appropriately, “Bling”, on the always fabulous Design for Mankind}