When she travels the world, Teresa Lim captures snapshots of her surroundings with needle and thread. In her series Sew Wanderlust, the artist embroiders surprisingly detailed canvases of places she visits on-site. This method of preserving memories lets her truly take in her surroundings. Lim must spend time sitting in one place, observing details and stitching as the scene unfolds. Unlike snapping quick photos, embroidering allows 24-year-old Lim to become a participant in the environment rather than a fleeting viewer.
She says on her website that her designs “seek to blur the lines and boundaries between being an illustrator and a textile designer.” True to form, the Sew Wanderlust project is a delightful fusion of sketchpad and camera that commits travel scenes to fabric and eliminates the need for a vacation photo album.