Artist Crafts Embroidered Felt Sculptures of Popular Foods That Look So Real

Embroidered Felt Coke Bottles

Textiles offer one of the most versatile means of artistic expression. Thanks to their ease of manipulation, there are seemingly endless creative possibilities. Polish textile artist Alicja Kozlowska channels that versatility and crafts realistic embroidered felt sculptures of familiar products and everyday objects. Starting with a felt pattern as her base, she then uses her needle as a brush, painting with thread in order to capture the intricate details and shading that give her Pop Art-inspired sculptures their lifelike appearance.

“As a child, my grandmother taught me to sew and crochet,” Kozlowska tells My Modern Met. “It was from her that I learned the basic, popular techniques. I have since traveled a lot and had the opportunity to see the work of the masters of this art form from all over the world. Over time, gaining more and more practice, I developed my own style.”

The talented artist embroiders both by hand as well as by using a sewing machine with an open toe embroidery foot. Using the machine allows her to employ a variety of stitches. Basing her designs off of mass-produced products with interesting shapes and recognizable logos, she utilizes her artwork as a means to articulate her own ideas and feelings about the widespread consumerism that plagues our planet.

“Painting by sewing for me is the format to address that deeply negative, culturally-constructed indifference,” Kozlowska explains. “By creating colorful and eye-catching Pop Art works, I try to draw the viewer's attention to our surroundings. I show how much and how quickly we are flooded by consumerism, which is artificial in its form and material. I try to influence consciousness because it is the awareness of ecological destruction that is the most important step in the fight for our future and the future of our planet. I try to build a sense of common ecological responsibility and the belief that it is us, and not governments or large corporations, that will change our habits. It is us who must feel the need to change and, through our choices, steer the global industry.”

To see more of Alicja Kozlowska’s incredible work, visit the artist’s website or follow her on Instagram.

Polish textile artist Alicja Kozlowska crafts realistic embroidered felt sculptures of familiar everyday objects.

Embroidered Felt Haribo Gummy Bears

Embroidered Felt Cheetos

Felt and Embroidery McDonald's French Fries

Felt and Embroidery Pringles Can

Kozlowska uses her art to comment on consumerism and address its “deeply negative, culturally constructed indifference.”

Felt and Embroidery M&M's

Felt and Embroidery Red Bull

Felt and Embroidery KitKat Wrapper

Embroidered Felt Fanta

Felt and Embroidery Banana Peel

Embroidered Felt Lays Potato Chips

Embroidered Felt Tesco Bag

Embroidered Felt Campbell's Soup Can

Some of them look so real that they can almost be mistaken for the real thing.

Alicja Kozlowska Embroidered Felt Sculptures

Alicja Kozlowska Embroidered Felt Sculptures

Alicja Kozlowska Embroidered Felt Sculptures

Alicja Kozlowska Embroidered Felt Sculptures

Alicja Kozlowska: Website | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Alicja Kozlowska.

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Arnesia Young

Arnesia Young is a contributing writer for My Modern Met and an aspiring art historian. She holds a BA in Art History and Curatorial Studies with a minor in Design from Brigham Young University. With a love and passion for the arts, culture, and all things creative, she finds herself intrigued by the creative process and is constantly seeking new ways to explore and understand it.
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