Meticulously Embroidered Temari Balls from Japan

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 23, 2015
Temari balls are a handball that originated in China, and were introduced to Japan in the 7th century. The balls were originally toys, made from old scraps of kimono, but their creation has evolved into an elaborate folk craft. This series was created in Japan by a 92-year-old woman, the images made public by her granddaughter, NanaAkua, who updates her flickr account with her grandmother's creations. Her grandmother has crafted more than 500 temari balls

Carlos Santos' Anatomical Distortions

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 16, 2015
Think about the human body; the veins, the bones, the blood, the way everything is connected. Think about the way it’s structured and then, toss this idea aside.  What is left without this is a continuum of forms without limitations, a mere idea of the way everything circulates within us. This is what Mexican artist Carlos Santos gives to his spectator. 

Elliot Schultz's Embroidered Turntable Zoetropes

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Elliot Schultz combines three old-school technologies: embroidery, turntables, and the zoetrope—a device that displays a series of pictures rapidly enough to create the illusion of motion. Original zoetropes used a tube with slits in it, through which one would watch the pictures, so his animations more closely resemble a phenakistokope, which was the original incarnation of a disk-shaped illustration-turned-animation. 

Alaina Varrone's Embroidery Portraits

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 09, 2015
We've posted on Alaina Varrone's embroidery before. She's been cornering the sub-genre of erotic embroidery art for a while. Her latest work, however, has featured intimate (but not necessarily erotic) portraits of people in casual settings: a "girls night out" or friends laughing together. She's still creating scenes, though, like a woman in an alien mask kissing a thonged buttox. 

Leah Emery Cross Stitches Hardcore Imagery

Erotica // Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Brisbane-based Leah Emery was working for a video game developer when some explicitly pornographic spam kept skipping past her email filters. She was drawn to it, but wasn't sure how she wanted to incorporate it into her art until she decided to start experimenting with cross stitching, a medium unfamiliar to her at the time.

Julie Cockburn's Surreal Altered Photographs

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 09, 2015
London artist Julie Cockburn hand-alters found portraits with embroidery, cut-outs, or collage.  She makes surreal ordinary vintage photographs that she finds at garage sales or on the internet. 

Embroidered Paintings by Pauline MM Nijenhuis

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 10, 2015
In Dutch artist Pauline MM Nijenhuis' series "Slow Scapes," the artist explores the contradictions of inertia vs. speed and hardness vs. softness by banding them both together, 'combining soft embroidery and acrylic as an exciting contrast in texture and layering.

Beautiful Handmade Embroidered Portraits

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Cayce Zavaglia participated in booooooom’s November Submission and these beautiful handmade embroidered portraits won. Silk and cotton threads on linen with acrylic painted background took our breath away.

Grayson Perry's Tapestries

Juxtapoz // Friday, November 21, 2014
This morning we take a look at Grayson Perry's series of tapestries entitled "The Vanity of Small Differences." The series is beginning a tour in Sunderland, England. Perry is the winner of the 2003 Turner Prize and uses ceramics and other art forms to comment on societal injustices and hypocrisies through a "variety of historical and contemporary themes."

The Embroidered Internet

Juxtapoz // Sunday, September 28, 2014
Artist and designer Debbie Millman created an embroidered portrait of an early iteration of the Internet...
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