Friday Fibers Roundup: Embroidered Flora
Lauren Sinner April 20, 2018
Flowers, nature, and organic forms are the themes for this week’s Friday Fibers Roundup articles.
1) “Bihar’s Sujani Embroidery has a GI Tag, but why does no one know about It?” by Amarnath Tewary looks at the labor of around 400 women and girls from Bhusra village who work to create Sujani embroidery. When done, these fabrics will be worn as saris or stoles, used as cushion covers or wall-hangings (via The Hindu).
2) “Vivid Floral Embroidery Art Woven onto Vintage Tennis and Badminton Rackets” by Kristine Mitchell features the woven and stitched flora on vintage tennis and badminton rackets by Cape Town artist Danielle Clough (via My Modern Met).
3) “Michelle Kingdom: Exploring Secret Thoughts” from the Textile Artist spotlights Kingdom’s work who creates tiny worlds in thread, capturing the elusive yet persistent inner voices.
4) Swedish artist Ulla-Stina Wikander covers discarded domestic objects in cross-stitch embroideries that she’s been collecting for over ten years (via The Jealous Curator).
5) “Japanese Artist Embroiders Miniature Meals You Can Actually Play With” by Emma Taggart spotlights the work of Ipnot who uses stitching like pointillist painting, explaining, “I use my needle like a paint brush and I stitch one knot at a time” (via My Modern Met).
6) Hillary Fayle stitches onto found leaves, producing elegant designs that strike a delicate balance between natural specimens and the human hand (via Colossal).
7) “What I Learned About Masculinity When I Let Myself Start Cross-Stitching” by Mike Reynolds examines his journey to recognizing gender bias when it comes to embroidery, and how it isn’t a gendered activity (via Huffington Post).
8) “6 Artists Turning Beads into Spellbinding Works of Art” by Ariela Gittlen spotlights contemporary artists engaging with beadwork in diverse ways, but each is pushing the medium in new directions (via Artsy).
9) The exhibition Crafting History: Textiles, Metals and Ceramics features the work past professors and documents the craft disciplines at the University of Georgia. The show is on display until April 29th, 2018.
10) Need more of South African artist Danielle Clough’s new series What a Racket? This interview from The Jealous Curator digs deeper into the work.