Embroidery artist Ira Pashkevych translates some of the most famous works of art history into tiny textiles you can hold in your hand. Meticulously constructed, each short stitch acts as a brushstroke that captures a faithful likeness of paintings by artists like Vincent van Gogh and Monet. Pashkevych recreates their tactile strokes on a much smaller scale, and it’s a testament to her incredible abilities to reproduce the works in this way.
Embroidery is a “slow craft” and Pashkevych is not shy about how long it can take to finish a stitched piece. Much of her handiwork is meant to be worn. She creates brooches featuring landscape paintings and portraits that are stitched to felt and then finished with a swivel clasp to secure on your favorite sweater. “The complexity and execution time of a brooch can vary greatly,” Pashkevych explains. “A simple brooch usually takes five hours.” She worked on her popular Starry Night brooch for a week in order to capture all of its swirling details.
You can peruse Pashkevych’s wonderful wearables and hoop art by visiting her Etsy shop, Blooming Day.