Vibrant Aerial Embroidery Captures the Beauty of English Farmlands From Above

Embroidery Thread Paintings by Victoria Rose Richards

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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!

21-year-old textile artist Victoria Rose Richards crafts embroidery designs inspired by the farmlands of her hometown.

Embroidery Thread Paintings by Victoria Rose Richards

Her elaborate, textured thread paintings are rendered using a range of embroidery stitches.

Embroidery Thread Paintings by Victoria Rose Richards

Many works depict aerial views of fields, foliage.

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The artist is also particularly fond of celebrating her surrounding landscapes throughout the different seasons of the year.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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