When it comes to textile art, we thought we’d seen it all, but Japanese artist ipnot’s miniature food embroidery designs show there’s no limit to innovation with a needle and thread. ipnot was drawn to embroidery having grown up in a creative family, and watching her grandmother as a child. While exploring the traditional craft herself, the artist discovered the ball-like French knot, calling it her “favorite type of stitch.” Ipnot likens her work to the art of pointillist painting, explaining, “I use my needle like a paint brush and I stitch one knot at a time.”
From a tiny bowl of ramen, complete with thread for noodles, to a bubbling cup of matcha tea, ipnot chooses from a range of 500 colors of embroidery thread to create miniature life-like depictions of food and drink. Even while they’re still on the the embroidery hoop, the textured delights seem to jump from the flat fabric. Once removed, each three-dimensional piece is brought to life, as ipnot photographs her tiny culinary crafts in bowls, pastry cases, and next to an edible counterpart, showing off their striking resemblance.
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