Inspired by traditional embroidery techniques, more and more contemporary textile artists are pushing the boundaries of the craft to create elaborate textile art. One of those artists is 21-year-old Victoria Rose Richards. She uses a range of embroidery stitches to craft illustrative landscape scenes that are bursting with color and texture.
Richards is based in rural Plymouth, England, where’s she’s surrounded by the natural beauty that inspires her. Farmers’ fields, countryside roads, and river streams feature throughout the “needle painter’s” work, all of which are meticulously rendered in colorful thread. Long, straight satin stitches depict patchworks of fields, while clusters of French knots look like trees and foliage from an aerial view.
Richards’ love of nature goes beyond her artistic practice—she also has an academic background in biology. “I'm a biology graduate with a passion for embroidery, nature, and all things bright and colorful!,” the talented artist excitedly says on Etsy. Richards, who has Asperger’s syndrome, discovered embroidery as a way to calm her mind in between college classes. She reveals, “I pulled some nice blues and greens out of my grandmother’s old embroidery tin and had my first go at an embroidery landscape in October 2018.” Today, she continues to learn new techniques to bring her impressive textile scenes to life.
Check out some of Richards’ fantastic thread paintings below and see more from her ever-growing portfolio on Instagram. The artist’s Etsy shop is currently closed for the holidays, but Richards will be back in the new year with freshly-stitched work!