Breathtaking Vistas Come Alive in Vivid Thread-Painted Embroidery Art

Embroidery Art by Cassandra Dias

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.”

You can purchase available embroidery via Dias's online shop, and keep up to date with her latest works by following the artist on Instagram.

California-based artist Cassandra Dias creates exquisite embroidery art.

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She renders stunning natural landscapes with a thread painting technique.

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As a result, her works look like they were rendered with paint and a brush, instead of a needle and thread.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Cassandra Dias.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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