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Colorful Still-Life Embroideries of Quaint Houseplants and Modern Interior Design

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American fiber artist Sarah K. Benning is a self-taught embroidery expert. Though trained as a fine artist, she strayed from the studio art path and happened upon embroidery “almost by accident,” she admits. Initially a hobby, she turned the craft into a career, and is now known for her playful portrayals of potted plants.

Benning’s work features a diverse and delightful array of flora, from trendy succulents and cacti to more traditional ferns and flowers. Her sources of inspiration are equally eclectic, as she cites “interior design trends, a love for Midcentury design, antique textiles, and her own potted plant collection” as her muses. Benning combines these interests and influences to create embroidered works of art that showcase her undeniable studio skills.

With vivid, tonal colors, stylized designs, and bold lines, her leafy series is evidently inspired by illustration and highly evocative of a painting. “Each piece begins as a drawing before being meticulously hand-stitched,” she explains on her website. “In this way, the thread become more like ink or paint than traditional embroidery, which accentuates the bold shapes, patterns, and color in the compositions.” Benning foregoes the light and delicate style typically associated with embroidery and opts instead for a Matisse-meets-Morris aesthetic.

The artist documents much of her plant-y process on her Instagram. She also sells her unique plant portraits and her pretty patterns through her Etsy shop.

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All images via Sarah K. Benning.

Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.

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