medium /// textiles/fiber arts




hagar cygler

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Tel-Aviv based artist Hagar Cygler started this on-going embroidery series, titled Families’, in 2008 and is still going strong. She lays layers of silhouettes from family photos {hers, friends, found} on top of each other, and then embroiders them onto canvas. I love the overlapping, but I can’t decide if it feels like 1. a special, entangled bond of closeness, or 2. a forced together, over-involved, all over each other’s lives, situation. Hm. Depends on the day, I suppose.





elin thomas

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I have never been so happy to see mold. In fact, this might be the prettiest “mold” I have ever seen! UK based artist Elin Thomas crochets and embroiders these little art-meets-science specimens in the prettiest of palettes. Hurray for spores and fuzzy growths!

{via Brown Paper Bagps. if you’d like to own some of this pretty mold, you can find it in Elin’s shop.





stephanie k. clark

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I cannot get enough of these embroidered dwellings by American artist Stephanie K. Clark. I’ve written about her before, and I’ll write about her again! Her palettes, her composition, her embroidery skills… and her patience! Yep. Oh, so very smitten.

{ps. One of her trailers, not shown here, is available as a 21″x16.25″ print in my Land of Nod spring collection, and I happen to be giving one away on Friday to a lucky person on my “Art for your Inbox” mailing list!}





rachel boxnboim

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Fabric? Ceramic? Yep! This series, titled “Alice”, is the gorgeous work of Israeli artist Rachel Boxnboim. Here, in her own words, are Rachel’s answers to my questions:

“The starting point of this project was my decision to sew a teapot, based on my mothers old teapot measurements and use the fabric as a mold. In addition to the teapot, i sewed a complete tea set – cups, plates, sugar container and a milk jug.

During the kiln-firing process, the fabric burns away, leaving a thin cloth-like layer of clay, imprinted with the texture of the original mold.”

Ah-mazing. I would now like all of my tea, from this day forward, to be served in hand sewn ceramics. Love, love, love.





jane denton

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Oooh… new, quiet, dreamy embroidery work by New Zealand based artist Jane Denton! I’ve written about Jane’s work before – gorgeous, beautifully embroidered geometric shapes – but for those pieces she used bright pops of color like hot pink and deep yellow. This new series is so soft and quiet. Shhh, I think I can hear them whispering my name… “Danielle, you need to have all of us in your house. Immediately.”

{Photos: styled/shot at LET LIV by Kirsty Gibson Photography}





jenny lumelsky & tomer ronen

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“Do you believe in fairies? If you do clap your hands”

J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

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“Swallow, Swallow, little Swallow.” said the Prince, “will you stay with me one night longer?”

Oscar Wilde, The happy prince

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“A black shadow dropped down into the circle. It was Bagheera the Black Panther, inky black all over, but with the panther markings showing up in certain lights like the pattern of watered silk.”

Rudyard Kipling, The jungle book

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“If you love a flower that lives on a star, it is sweet to look at the sky at night. All the stars are a-bloom with flowers…”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The little prince

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“Do you know, I always thought unicorns were fabulous monsters, too? I never saw one alive before!”

“Well, now that we have seen each other”, said the unicorn, “if you’ll believe in me, i’ll believe in you.”

Lewis Carroll, Through the looking-glass

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Oh my. Jenny Lumelsky & Tomer Ronen founded Touchka Tales because of their love for storytelling and because they wanted to “play in between the two worlds of Illustration and Fashion”… well, mission accomplished! From The Little Prince to The Jungle Book, they’ve picked five nostalgic stories from childhood to illustrate for their first series. Sigh. Now I want to read all of those stories again… while wearing the matching scarf, clearly.





megan whitmarsh

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I may never look at another book or magazine the same way again! Oh, I would love a stack of these hand sewn, fabric art books/magazines by American artist Megan Whitmarsh on my coffee table. And I know this post is not about me, but have to say it… how insanely cool would it be if she made “Creative Block” out of fabric, foam, embroidery thread, and markers!? Speaking of which, I wonder if these are the markers she uses:

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Maybe!





mirim seo



Philadelphia based artist/designer Mirim Seo sent her Special Sashimi project to me last week. For the first two or three pages, I thought “Oh, cute. A book about Sushi” … and then a few pages later, I gasped.

“Special Sashimi is about the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. The story topicted in this book is true. Each year Japan fishermen kill around 2,300 dolphins as a form of pest control, which has been accepted as tradition. And the killed dolphins end up in freezers and served sashimi in Japan. Illustrated with hand-sewing and watercolor on fabric. With this book, I hope to spread the true and help stop the senseless killing of the Taiji dolphins.”

Such a sad story, so beautifully told. If you’re interested to learn more, please visit this project on Mirim’s site.





lucy sparrow




Oh my word. I wish so much that I lived in Bethnal Green, east London, so that I could pop into this newly transformed cornershop! Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING {even the cash register!} is made of felt! British artist Lucy Sparrow has taken a rundown storefront, and turned it into a completely stocked “felt” market {just under 4000 items!}… felt chips, felt beer, felt magazines, felt canned ravioli, felt candy, felt ketchup, felt popsicles… ok, I’m sure you get it, but it’s all just so awesome, I feel like I should make a little grocery list! Speaking of awesome, this quote by Lucy is just about perfect:

“I’m very obsessive and I want that to come across in the work and get people thinking ‘Who would be crazy enough to do this?'”

Yep. We’re all thinkin’ it! This crazy little shop is open for business until August 31… GO!!!!!! ps. if  you aren’t in London, you can also visit her online shop!

{Open every day from 10am – 7pm : 19 Wellington Row, London : via The MIRROR}





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