Ocean Embroidery Inspired by Satellite Images Showcase the Vast Beauty of the Sea

Ocean Hoop Art Embroidery

The Earth is a constant source of inspiration for artists. As we’ve seen time and again, creatives produce work that pays homage to the natural world, whether it's big or small. Danielle, aka Satellite Stitches, goes grand with her embroidery. Her intricate pieces are tiny studies of vast ocean satellite imagery. She uses thread to translate the blues, greens, and grays of the maps into tactile abstract works.

Danielle has long been drawn to the “satellite imagery of beautiful reefs and islands,” and it turned out to be an ideal subject to stitch—especially in 2020. “I picked up embroidery not long before the pandemic started and I really leaned into it as the stay-at-home orders progressed,” she tells My Modern Met. “It has been therapeutic and given me something to occupy my mind during the extended time away from family and friends.”

As Danielle has worked on her satellite stitches, she has allowed herself time to play and find the techniques that best convey the subject matter. “Early on, I experimented with some beadwork along with satin stitches,” she explains, “but have since discovered thread painting and have fallen in love with the finished look and how the colors blend so well.” When compared to the images they’re inspired by, it’s clear that thread painting makes her work shimmer like waves at the shore.

Danielle of Satellite Stitches creates intricate embroideries inspired by satellite images of the ocean.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Satellite Stitches.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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