Author: Katie Wells

‘As Lovely as They Come’ Embroidery by Shakirra Rees

‘As Lovely as They Come’ Embroidery by Shakirra Rees

19 year old Australian  artist and designer Shakirra Rees (pictured directly above) lovingly hand embroiders her quirky and wistful designs onto T shirts and wall hangings. Hearts, roses and the female nude embellish oversized, boxy tee’s in her distinctly delicate stitches. Each piece is individually […]

Distorted Patchwork Paintings by Anna Buckner

Distorted Patchwork Paintings by Anna Buckner

‘Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about liminality’… Liminality is soft. It is malleable, compliant, fluid, and supple. It is a place in-between what is and what will be, questioning traditions and creating space for transformation.’ Anna Buckner. Buckner compares her studio space to liminality. […]

Justyna Wołodkiewicz Sculptural Embroidery

Justyna Wołodkiewicz Sculptural Embroidery

As you well know I’m a big fan of abstraction in embroidery, and Justyna Wołodkiewicz is one artist who’s smashing it in the abstract embroidery world right now. Her tightly embroidered alien landscapes (that’s how I see them anyway) are made with a mix of […]

Inflatable Climbing Frame Installation by Numen / For Use

Inflatable Climbing Frame Installation by Numen / For Use

How cool is this installation? I’m rubbish at heights to these photos fill me with horror, but I’d still queue up to have a go. If you scroll down to the last images you can see how the whole thing works. It’s a ‘self supporting […]

Damselfrau | Magnhild Kennedy Masks

Damselfrau | Magnhild Kennedy Masks

I have not one, but two masquerade balls to go to this year so I’ve been planning costumes like mad – I’m thinking a multi-coloured, over-the-top, beaded and embroidered floral mask/headdress thingy with tassels and possibly Pom Poms? I realise this is incredibly ambitious; it […]

Anthony Michael Simon | Flourescent Spider Web Sculptures

Anthony Michael Simon | Flourescent Spider Web Sculptures

Anthony Michael Simon’s sculptures, which at first glance look like fluorescent strings suspended in an abstract cat’s cradle arrangement, are actually the product of Nephila clavata spiders. The artist collects local arachnids, brings them to his studio, and lets them set about their work spinning […]

Sarah Mosteller | Knitting with Wire

Sarah Mosteller | Knitting with Wire

Sarah Mosteller is what I call a non-fiber fiber artist; she uses the traditional method of knitting but with wire instead of yarn, creating artwork that blurs the boundaries between fiber art and non fiber art. The resulting sculptures are powerful and full of contradictions. […]

Hanne Friis Smocked Sculptures

Hanne Friis Smocked Sculptures

For a while now I’ve been admiring the work of Norwegian textile artist Hanne Friis. Her sculptures are created by gathering and bunching various materials (latex gloves, stockings, denim) into these sumptuous, undulating shapes. There’s a bodily aspect to all her sculptures, particularly her work […]

Plastic Bag Embroidery – Josh Blackwell/Nicoletta Daríta de la Brown

Plastic Bag Embroidery – Josh Blackwell/Nicoletta Daríta de la Brown

A while back I came across these amazing floral-embroidered plastic bags via Pinterest, and without doing any actual research I let the caption tell me they were by artist Josh Blackwell, who also works with plastic bags. I now know that these are actually the […]

Chinese-American Identity Explored through Embroidery: Jessica So Ren Tang

Chinese-American Identity Explored through Embroidery: Jessica So Ren Tang

  I’ve recently discovered the incredible work of Chinese-American artist Jessica So Ren Tang. She currently has two bodies of work which both explore the multi-dualism in Asian-American identity. Her first series is sculpture based, and involves embroidered replicas of Chinese-American objects such as take […]