From palm tree-dotted beaches to peaceful green meadows, Cassandra Dias journeys to beautiful destinations through her embroidery practice. Since 2020, the California-based artist has channeled her love for traveling and natural vistas—fueled by the coronavirus pandemic—into immersive hand-stitched creations.
At a distance, it is hard to tell that these artworks are made with a needle and thread. Dias is able to capture a range of color and depth by using a thread painting technique, which mimics the appearance of traditional canvases. “I am inspired by travel and antique paintings,” Dias tells My Modern Met. “When I think about my past travels (especially those abroad), I feel sort of homesick for certain cities, and I get the urge to want to translate my memories of what all my senses experienced in my time there to canvas and thread.”
The expressive qualities of these embroidered works are reminiscent of Impressionist paintings, which typically feature visible brushstrokes and a vibrant color palette. In fact, Dias even refers to Impressionist artists as a source of inspiration in her art. “I strive to have my pieces evoke similar feelings of nostalgia in those that view them,” she continues. “Like the scenes depicted in my embroideries are familiar to them as well, and hopefully they too have good memories from that particular time in their lives.”