Denim jackets have been a wardrobe staple ever since they were popularized by silver screen stars such as James Dean and Steve McQueen in the 1950s. Today’s jean jackets come in a number of different styles and colors, but Colombian textile designer Ana Maria Restrepo (of Amarpo) adds personality to the simple garment by customizing them with colorful embroidery. Inspired by her Latin American roots, Restrepo’s upcycled garments celebrate the colorful beauty of Colombia’s nature.
Philippines-based artist Ruby Thursday (of Thursday CraftLove)
Russian textile artist Nadia Garutt crafts nature-inspired embroidered jewelry that pays homage to vintage accessories.
When it comes to embroidery, artist Diana Yevtukh goes a stitch above the rest. Choosing to display her surreal textile art outside of the standard hoop, she seamlessly fuses her pieces with nature and places them on trees. The results are striking. Yevtukh produces a colorful combination of motifs, from floral patterns to thread paintings of a human eye and heart.
If you’re a fan of modern embroidery, you’re probably familiar with the work of self-taught expert Sarah K. Benning.
Over the past years, we’ve seen contemporary embroidery explode in popularity.
London-based textile artist Laura Baverstock crafts bespoke embroideries that both honor and push the boundaries of the ancient craft. We often think of embroidery as consisting of only thread, but the designs can be completed with other elements, too. Baverstock creates three-dimensional winged insects, big cats, and marine life using a combination of fibers and most dazzlingly, metal beads.
Skulls, lungs, and human hearts might not be the prettiest of subjects, but Japanese textile artist Hiné Mizushima turns human...
Embroidery is a great way to embellish ordinary articles of clothing. The only downside?
Over the past few years, there’s been a resurgence of interest in needlework. What was once associated with your grandmother’s house is now marching into contemporary homes. Cross-stitch, one of the oldest forms of needlework, used to be thought of as exclusively for alphabet samplers or decorating doilies. However, we’ve run across some hilarious stitchers that are taking cues from pop culture, resulting in thoroughly modern pieces that might make grandma blush.
Canadian artist Janelle (aka HuberInk) creates beautiful bead embroidery designs inspired by nature.
From thread painting to “floating” textile motifs, the boundaries of embroidery are being pushed and blurred more and more by contemporary...