If you’ve been following our Inspirational Artists series you’ll know how this works. In a bid to inspire and delight we’ve trawled the web and social media platforms like Instagram to share with some great artists and makers. And we have some truly groundbreaking, innovative and breathtaking work to share with you today.
Hand Embroidery was once associated with the elderly; a hobby for mature women. We probably all remember our mothers and grandmothers smocking our dresses and churning out embroidered hankies and cross-stitched greeting cards. However, thanks largely to the craft revolution there are thousands of artists, crafters and independent makers who are excelling at exhibiting their own work and living off commissions. These are just some of our favourites who are continually raising the bar with their creativity.
Don’t forget to check out our previous posts in our Inspirational Artists series: Knitting & Crochet Artists , and Patchwork & Quilt artists you have to follow. Or check out our latest video for a quick run down of the artists we’re going to cover.
Boston based artist Jennifer Lamontagne is a painter and embroiderer. Texture, vivid colours, detailed compositions are the driving force behind her creations and are typically based on her memories and landscapes. As well as exhibitions her work is available to purchase from her site. We would recommend subscribing to her newsletter for the latest news about forth-coming workshops and exhibition dates.
Pipper Haynes is the owner of Wiltshire based embroidery studio, Lemon Pepper Studio. Her intricate, nature inspired embroideries are packed with enchantment and are adored by a large fan base world-wide. Although her pieces are based on traditional themes such as nature, flowers and mushrooms she adds a modern twist to her 3D stumpwork embroideries by displaying them in bell-jars as stand-alone works of art.
Jennifer Plott, otherwise known as Seaside Fox Artwork, is the modern ambassador of embroidery black work. Her work uses simple symmetrical shapes and patterns but the results are stunning and surprisingly hard to recreate. Based in the US Jennifer sells her designs on the Etsy platform and her work is enjoyed by over 70,000 plus fans on Instagram.
These fashion inspired embroideries are the work of Sil Gur, a turkish expat now living in Scotland. Sila has studied both art and fashion which is really visible in her work which are like little hand stitched sketches. We love the way she uses stitches to bring her ladies to life.
Little is known about this Auckland based painter and embroidery artist, Divya Nandani, apart from the fact that she is setting Instagram alight with her beautiful nature inspired hand embroideries. Definitely one to watch.
Korean embroidery artist @JoyStitch_ certainly provides plenty of joy. The artist focuses on specific themes such as domestic settings and fashion which just look so playful and satisfying.
Julie Campbell lives and works in Belgium. Trained as a graphic artist embroidery is apparently a relatively new hobby which allows her to combine her love of art and anatomy… and the results are meticulously stunning. We’ve had the honour of interviewing Julie Campbell to ask her about her love of human anatomy and embroidery.
And Other Adventure Embroidery Co.
Colleen is the woman behind And Other Adventures Embroidery Co, producing everything from embroidery kits to supplies, as well as bespoke embroideries of wedding bouquets. Her love and knowledge of nature and flowers is captured in her creations and we love her modern and stylish approach.
Based in Montreal, Canada, Alex is recent Law graduate and an avid fan of crafting. It’s therefore rather impressive that this is a hobby and not really a full time profession. She has a successful shop on Etsy and a huge following.
Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Danielle Clough is a visual artist and innovative embroiderer embroidering anything from vintage rackets to shoes. Her work has been featured in Creative Boom, Vogue and CNN, and she has produced work for Gucci, Nike and Drew Barrymore.
It’s no surprise that Paulina Bartnik refers to herself as an ‘embirdery artist’. As a lover of nature, travel and art, Paulina specialises in embroidering birds that are colourful, vibrant and exquisitely detailed. She’s been featured in various publications.
Decorative Arts Graduate Helen Wilde worked in design with clients like Harrods and Lush Cosmetics. Ovo Bloom is Helen’s real passion creating home decor embroidered artwork which you can buy on her Etsy Page. Some of her collections have been featured in Elle Decoration Magazine and The Guardian.
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