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Posts Tagged ‘Textiles’

Max Colby’s Embroidered Collagraphs

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
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Hand Embroidered Collagraph Prints by Max Colby
Hand Embroidered Collagraph Prints by Max ColbyHand Embroidered Collagraph Prints by Max ColbyHand Embroidered Collagraph Prints by Max Colby

Boston based artist Max Colby produces collagraph prints that are embellished by hand with embroidery threads and beads. He says of his work;

The inspiration for the figurative aspect of the work is mostly from cellular forms, where the ability to distinguish between the form as pre-life (or birth) and after death is obscured. I find inspiration for the embroidery from old victorian patterns in embroidery and wallpaper, interior design from the traditional to cutting edge contemporary as well as a full range of periods of garment construction (ornate victorian to current couture and “concept” lines).

It’s a lovely combination of materials and media resulting in almost figurative images like those pictured above. The use of print to create the groundwork for these works is a nice touch. I like the idea that this process could lead to the production of unique multiples.

You can view more of Max’s work at www.www.maxcolby.com


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Mr Finch’s Curious Embroidered Creatures

Monday, October 1st, 2012
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Mr Finch - Embroidered Hare Textile Sculpture

Mr Finch - Embroidery on a Textile Sculpture of a Fox

Mr Finch, a fellow boy who sews, creates beautiful textile sculptures of creatures that could have stepped right out of a fairy tale. I do like the way that he draws on ye olde British folk tales and humanises animals.

It’s interesting to have come across these works as having embroidered my porcelain dolls this year I have been thinking about producing some more three dimensional embroideries centred around my unicorn studies. I’m somewhat in awe of Mr Finch’s sculptures though as working out the patterns for three dimensional stitches always break my brain.

You can find more of Mr Finch’s work on his website www.finch-uk.com

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Hand Embroidered Unicorn Puppet

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
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Hand Embroidered Glove Puppet | Spike Dennis 2012

I’m rather happy with how this turned out. Having sussed out the practicalities of embroidering a glove I think the next glove puppet will involve a more complex embroidery.

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Frederique Morrel’s Embroidered Taxidermy

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
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Frederique Morrel - Needlpoint Unicorn

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These wondrous creations are the work of the artist duo known as Frederique Morrel.

These exquisite sculptures are created using fibre glass taxidermy moulds which are then injected with expanding foam. The tapestries used to embellish the sculptures are vintage works that have been salvaged from jumble sales and markets. The old embroideries are collected together and reworked into the surfaces of these new works of art.

I’m always interested to see new and interesting ways of making and presenting embroidered works of art and these are certainly some of the most well produced and high impact works I’ve come across so far. You can view more of Frederique Morrel’s work at www.frederiquemorrel.com.

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Tattoo Baby Doll Project

Friday, September 7th, 2012
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Tattooed Baby Doll by Sherri Lynn Wood

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I discovered these wonderful embroidered dolls after picking up a copy of the Hoopla book on unexpected embroidery last month. They have been produced by artist Sherri Lynn Wood. She gave each of the dolls to a different tattoo artist who drew up the tattoo designs on the fabric of the dolls for Sherri to stitch.

It was particularly interesting to come across these having been embroidering my own set of porcelain dolls over the summer. As frequently seems to be the case I have come across this work after almost having completed my own set of embroideries but it’s great to see someone working in a similar way for comparison and further inspiration.

You can see a full set of images from the Tattoo Baby doll project here on Flickr.

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Salvabear Dali

Sunday, August 26th, 2012
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Salvabear Dali | Handmade Bedside Lamp

This is my new bedside lamp that I assembled from a plush teddy bear and a light fitting. It’s a simple creation – after removing the bear’s head I built an armature from wood and wire to place inside the bear giving the plush body some support to ensure it sits upright and holds the weight of the lightbulb and lamp shade.

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Zebra Print Sewing Case

Saturday, August 25th, 2012
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Handmade Sewing Case by Monica Dennis

Handmade Sewing Case by Monica DennisHandmade Sewing Case by Monica DennisHandmade Sewing Case by Monica Dennis

This is my fancy new sewing roll which was handmade by Mother Spike. It’s super handy with three clear zip-close compartments which hold my sewing tools and drawing implements. It’ll be perfect for stitching on the bus.

I love the stained zebra print pattern and it’s even been embellished with an appliquéd unicorn. If you want one of these snazzy cases for your threads, pens, or even for your make up then contact Mother Spike through her blog or her Etsy shop


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Lady Violet

Friday, August 3rd, 2012
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Lady Violet | Spike Dennis 2012

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Lady Violet is one of a series of dolls that I’ve been working on this year. It might be argued that she is the most beautiful of the collection being embellished in a purple and black design inspired by markings used to decorate items used to celebrate Día de los Muertos.

There will eventually be seven dolls in this collection. You can see the dolls that have been finished so far in my gallery here (be warned the gallery images may offend).

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Forever Young Eternal Love

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
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Forever Young Eternal Love | Spike Dennis 2012

Forever Young Eternal Love | Spike Dennis 2012

This was hand stitched with cotton thread on black paper as a wedding anniversary present.

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Erin Riley’s Tapestries

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
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Tapestry by Erin Riley

Tapestry by Erin RileyTapestry by Erin RileyTapestry by Erin Riley

I love these tapestries by Erin Riley. Erin addresses contemporary cultural issues using traditional weaving techniques. These works are all created on a Macomber floor loom and she goes so far as to hand day all her own yarns.

These works address the self-exploitation associated with the internet age. Erin says:

“Most of the time I think of an idea and write it down, then go in for an outright search of the ideal image. So I search “upskirt”, or “drunk girl puking” then look at sketchy pictures for an hour or two, find a few that are really awesome and they sit in my folder for a bit until im ready to weave them”

I’m fascinated with these works with regard to some of the unicorn embroideries that I have been creating, particularly the ‘Bound’ series of works I made earlier this year which touched upon some similar areas of interest albeit from a slightly more abstract stance.


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