From thread painting to “floating” textile motifs, the boundaries of embroidery are being pushed and blurred more and more by contemporary textile artists. Bernita Broderie is helping to enhance this wave of contemporary embroidery art with her brilliant use of cotton threads. She uses the common fibers to render three-dimensional hairstyles that cascade from embroidery hoops in wonderfully unexpected ways.
The French crafter’s hand-stitched designs are made using various hair-colored yarns stitched into raw cotton fabric. Broderie renders the silhouettes of her female figures in simple embroidered line work, while letting her subjects’ hair be the focal point of her designs. From elegant updos and flowing waves to ponytails and tightly-wound curls, there’s no hairstyle that Broderie can’t stitch. Many designs highlight decorative accessories—such as embroidered flowers—while others feature textile strands of different shades, mimicking natural locks.
This focus on detail has been a staple of her life. Ever since childhood, Broderie has enjoyed artistic processes that take time, patience, and dedication. Her 3D embroidery work is testament to that, having now mastered the skill after starting out just over a year ago. “I deeply enjoy working with fabrics, needle and threads,” she reveals. “I can’t sleep at nights without creating something new. My artworks are the output of hours of embroidery and patience.”