Posts tagged Embroidery
Landscape Embroidery by Victoria Rose Richards

I am a thread painter, born, raised, and currently living in South-West Devon, UK. After experimenting with a range of mediums since my GCSEs, I settled on embroidery last year after finally finding an art form I could fall in love with. I haven’t looked back, and now while away the free hours I used to spend stressing instead of creating small, colorful landscapes using embroidery floss and wool! 

In living in a rural area with woods, fields, and rivers, and even near the ocean, I often take inspiration from the abundance of nature around. I especially enjoy doing coastal and ocean landscapes. More recently, I have also begun embroidering aerial tropical island pieces, I believe reflecting my great love of tropical marine biology which I developed after completing my biology degree this year!


I think that strong colors and textures can make an art piece bubble and fizz. This feeling overflows so that creating and looking at these pieces can make your heart lift as if it’s being buoyed on all the bubbles. Why I want to create my art is simple: I want to create bubbles and fizz!

Sarah Detweiler

Sarah Detweiler is a Philadelphia-area based, mixed media painter whose most recent works incorporate embroidery with watercolor, gouache, and oil. Sarah has a BFA from the University of Delaware and a Masters in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited in group and solo shows in various locations including New York City, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Pennsylvania.

My work explores narratives around themes of feminism, female empowerment, and the human experience through figurative, mixed media paintings. I integrate the traditionally feminine craft of embroidery to challenge the boundaries of feminism. The embroidery allows my work to be revealed in stages and acts as a visual invitation to take a closer look. My art reflects the feminine experience through personal and global issues because, in many ways, a woman's experience is universal.  Whether it acts as a mirror to the viewer or as a window into another person's narrative, ultimately, my art is about making connections.

Thread Folk: A Modern Makers Book of Embroidery Projects and Artist Collaborations

Thread Folk is a modern refresh of an age-old craft. Author Libby Moore teaches basic stitches and how to choose materials, and shares original patterns with easy-to-remove perforated pages. Thread Folk includes:

• 15 embroidery projects with step-by step instructions & modern patterns • 14 different stitches, from straight stitch to lazy daisy
• Techniques to stitch on clothes, shoes, tote bags and pillows

Thread Folk also features Artist Collaborations, a series of projects based on the curated artwork of several distinctive, talented artists, including clothing designer Audrey Smit, and illustrators Alli Koch and Lauren Merrick.

Libby Moore is the embroidery artist behind Thread Folk, with a thriving Etsy shop and Instagram following. Libby started by embroidering portraits, and now creates her own unique patterns. She lives with her husband and four boys on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia.

NSFW at Spoke Art

A Group Exhibition Curated by Dasha Matsuura

August 5-26, 2017 

Spoke Art is pleased to present NSFW, a group exhibition featuring over 40 female and femme identifying artists exploring sex and sexuality. This dynamic group displays a complex spectrum of experiences from the feminine perspective.

Working in a variety of media including painting, embroidery, neon and beyond, each artist presents their unique interpretation of sexuality. Celebrating the concurrent, opposing forces of femininity, the work celebrates the female experience by highlighting the presence of soft sensuality with powerful and brash frankness.

Each piece delves into the complexity of female sexuality, not as a definitive narrative, but as a larger conversation. Giving voice to artists across the spectrum of gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, racial background and experiences, the exhibition explores how each artist relates to their own sexuality.

Please join us for NSFW, opening Saturday, August 5th, with an opening night reception from 6pm - 9pm. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, August 26th. For more information or additional images, please email us at

Participating artists include:

Jen Bartel | Laura Berger | Audrey Bodisco | Stephanie Brown | Nomi Chi | Katie Commodore | Jess de Wahls | Vanessa Del Rey | Jenny Dubet | Robin Eisenberg | Sabrina Elliott | Lyndsie Fox | Alex Garant | Nicole Guice | Jessica Hess | Sally Hewett | Alisha Huskin | Tina Jiang | Natalie Krim | Lauren YS | Noel’le Longhaul | Cathy Lu | Tina Lugo | Sarah Maxwell | Miss Meatface | Miss Van | Nadezda | Joanne Nam | Jeany Ngo | ONEQ | Meryl Pataky | Petite Luxures | Allison Reimold | Emma Rose Laughlin | Ellen Schinderman | Jessica So Ren Tang | Mel Stringer |Lindsay Stripling | Miranda Tacchia | Winnie Truong | Mandy Tsung | Neryl Walker | Wishcandy | Kathrine Worel

Rosie Wright 

Inspired by the patterns and beauty found in nature, I interpret my designs using traditional embroidery methods which I try to add a modern twist to. I use a wide variety of beads, sequins and thread to create textured colour combinations. I have a slight obsession with collecting intricate beads in different shapes and colours, and I am always searching for the interesting and obscure to create something unique.

My Grandmothers initially taught me to sew, but now I find the best way to learn new stitches and techniques is to search through antique books from the past, which also brings a sense of nostalgia.

There are so many areas of creativity and design that interest me, and I have worked within couture, bridal and dyeing studios, all of which have had an influence on my work. At the moment my journey has brought me to work as a milliner which in itself is an artform and a great way of transforming designs to be more 3d with a sense of sculpture.

Originally from Devon, I am now based in London and dedicate my spare time to producing embroidered pieces of art as well as scouting for places to open my imagination. I am currently creating a collection inspired by geometry, merging simple shapes with detailed patterns and textures.

Michela Martello 

Artist Michela Martello was born in Grosseto, Italy. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in illustration from Europe Institute of Design, after which she published works in over 30 books, primarily children’s book illustrations. In 1993 she shifted her focus to painting and had her first exhibition in Milano and New York. In 1998 she moved permanently to New York where she started her research as artist painter full time at Arturo di Modica’s studio. In 2006 she was selected by the American Association of University Women in the “Emerging Women Artists Juried Exhibition” held at the New York Design Centre. In 2007 and 2008 she was selected by Jim Kempner fine arts and Ok Harris gallery for the “NYU Small Work” group show at the Washington Square gallery. Her artwork has being collected and commissioned by both public and private clients; Soros collection, Serafina group, CityCinema group, Fulton collection. Michela has collaborated with: Bonelli arte contemporanea, Italy, Tria gallery, Azart gallery, Pen&Brush gallery, NYC, Parlor gallery, NJ, and Rarity gallery in Mikonos Greece. In 2014 she won the selection for the juried exhibition "Understanding Media, the Extension of Human Being” organized by Call for Bushwick, during Bushwick open studios, in Brooklyn, NYC, in the same year she exhibited at Tibet House Museum US, and she took part of ''Transcending Tibet'' NYC curated by Davide Quadrio and Paola Vanzo. In 2015 she has being commissioned a triptique for the permanent collection of Metropoliz MAAM Museum of Rome by curators Giorgio de Finis and Stefania Giazzi, meanwhile, she's being selected by curator Rick Kinsel, director of Vilcek foundation to be part of ''Domesticity Revisited'' at Pen&Brush NYC. In 2015 she takes part of AQUA Miami Art Fair, and in 2016 at Context NYC with Azart gallery, In 2016 she has being selected to be part of Woodenwallsproject a public art program curated by Parlor gallery, with a Mural installation in Asbury Park, NJ. and most recently she's part of ''Overlap: life Tapestries'' curated by Vida Sabbaghi at A.I.R. gallery BK. In 2017 she's having her major solo show at Pen and Brush gallery, NYC.


My artwork is a reaction to the environment I occupy, with my technique I built up a gesture that always reflects my thought, my emotions, and what dictates them.

I wish to express a certain balance and harmony, but I realize that the process that leads to such an experience usually involves the opposite aspects. The artistic path has so many constructiveness/destructiveness elements, which creates a certain weight, this weight is a treasure that forges a body of creativity.

I work with mixed media on linen, paper, textile, vintage fabric, wood, walls. My pieces include drawings and paintings as well as collage, sewing, and embroidery. Rather than turning my attention to these domestic forms, I choose instead to make them part of a larger illustrative endeavor, one that draws upon familiar folktales and folk art forms, often with a spiritual and decorative dimension that can be translated on larger dimension from canvas to big murals.

I have always being inspired by the technique of frescos from Giotto to the oldest pigmented murals in the Tibetan Monastery, as well as eastern philosophy, graffiti, and western contemporary icons.

To achieve a compelling piece of work is important, although the daily practice is the essence. How to make my artwork by making my artwork. the hours spent in my studio, the old and new tools, the routine, the unpredictable source of inspirations, the detour, everything is crucial to that final touch.

The funny thing is that I am always unaware of this process at least until the end.

Chelsea Revelle

Chelsea Revelle is a Boston-based fine artist exploring assemblage, mixed media, printmaking, and fiber art. Her work examines themes of the domestic female, home, childhood play, and identity. Her work has been featured in museums and galleries such as Fuller Craft Museum, Bromfield Gallery, Lincoln Arts Gallery, Fountain Street Fine Art, and the Washington Street Art Center. Chelsea invests her time in community arts-based education and is currently the Manager of Studio Art Classes at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.


Fortresses protect these women susceptible to disturbances in order to embody positivity in a state of uncertainty. Here the concept is emphasized through the delicate and ethereal domestic art of embroidery often associated with docility, obedience and meekness. Found images stare intensely to confront the viewer, igniting thoughts about entrapment and the desire to surround the self with beauty. Women are armed with names that mean strength and protection.

Margaret Timbrell

Margaret Timbrell was born in Brazil, raised in San Francisco and graduated from NYU with a Bachelors degree in Studio Art. In San Francisco she has exhibited at SOEX, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, di Pietro Todd, Incline Gallery. In New York her work has shown at Family Business in Chelsea, Superior Gallery in the LES, and Bronfman Center.  Her work has appeared in the SF Examiner, LA Times, Bust Magazine, Blouin Art Info.   In 2012 she was selected as a Heart Artist for the Heroes & Hearts annual fundraiser benefiting SF General. In 2015 and 2016 she was one of the artists showcased at the StARTup Fair San Francisco. Starting August 2016 Margaret joined Root Division as studio artist and one of the artist representatives for the Root Division board. 2018 Margaret will be the Artist in Residence at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. Her work is in the collections of Marissa Mayer, Ray Beldner, Stanlee Gatti, Christine Duval, Heather Marx, and many more.

Autocorrect Fails Statement

The repurposing of items instead of buying new occupies my thoughts lately. This was heightened with the arrival of my twins.  The amount of baby stuff we buy and then discard a month or two later is staggering. Fortunately, there is the Goodwill. I was there recently and I came across some unopened Sunset Stitchery stitch kits. These are like the needlepoint version of a coloring book if the coloring book also provided all the markers as well as detailed instructions on how to color the pictures. Of course I had to buy the kits. But I was at a loss as to what to do with them so I set them aside both mentally and physically.

Simultaneously I've been keeping an extra special little diary dedicated to the autocorrect fails that I receive from my friends and family. It entertains me how autocorrect asserts itself into our lives, sometimes altering real words to other real words, changing the entire meaning of a conversation while maintaining some of the original structure. I admire its sense of humor but also frequently find there is a deeper meaning, a deeper way that technology redirects our lives. 

So I was staring at my Sunset Stitchery kits and thinking about purpose/re-purpose, while words and phrases percolated on the back burner. I like the look of the printed Aida cloth that comes in the stitch kits, the ready to go nature of the image. The images are sweet; saccharine sometimes, nostalgic often. The stitch kit destiny is to stitch over this image, replicate it the same but different. The stitcher follows the original structure but inserts variation. And then boom, thoughts connected and I realized that this is like autocorrect. Autocorrect takes the destiny of a sentence and repeats it back to you, but different. If your composed sentence is the printed Aida cloth, then autocorrect is the stitcher changing the image...which means I AM AUTOCORRECT.

This series depends upon the generous donations of autocorrect fails from art lovers like you. Please send yours to Include your name, your social media handles, and your original intended message. Thank you for supporting my art!

David Willburn
Born in Fort Stockton, Texas, David Willburn lives and works in Fort Worth, Texas. He earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts (Montpelier, VT). His work has been shown nationally and internationally at venues including Dallas Contemporary (Dallas, Texas), Helmuth Projects (San Diego, CA), University of Art and Design (Helsinki, Finland) Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), Union Gallery at University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI) and Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, Oregon).


I am most interested in making work that exists at the intersection of craft and fine art, and how within that space I can explore the history of drawing and painting. The process of developing mixed-media collages, embroidered paintings and drawings, and installation projects often begins with photography: items and scenes from my own home are documented then filtered through layers of abstraction as a way of stripping away the “objectness” of things. The remaining fragments and linear compositions are more interesting and loaded with more possibility. In these abstractions I find new narratives, and I look for ways to imbue them with sentimentality—through color, composition, materials and titles.