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...

Embroidery by David R Harper

Juxtapoz // Monday, September 08, 2014
David R. Harper embroiders of taxidermied animals and on prints of 18th century paintings. The embroidered portraits of people on animal skins plays on one of the "traiditional roles of portraiture which was to immortalize and elevate the subject through artistic representation – just as the trophy from a hunting excursion might be a bear skin rug or a rack of antlers. These images of anonymous, Victorian-era men and women imply an emotional distance that allows the artist to poke at the slippery slope where nature and culture meet."

Sophia Narrett's Colorfully Embroidered Narratives

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 14, 2014
   “Through the creation of stylized fictional situations, I imagine stories of embodiment, beauty, eroticism, personality, fear, and resignation within a collapsing fantasy. I give myself the license and responsibility to depict precarious desires that chase idealized bodies, the picturesque landscape or garden, luxury, high fashion, and generalized narratives of history and role-play. Decadence, by its very nature, is too much, so the fantasy exposes itself or becomes empty. Whether due to a liberated, idiosyncratic sexuality, or as a result of a sick internalization of the male gaze, repression, and social conditioning, for me, a female heterosexuality is constructed in relation to images of women. My project moves between these spaces of liberation and possession, in terms of sexuality as well as material desires.”

Embroidered Newspapers by Lauren DiCioccio

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 07, 2014
California- based artist Lauren DiCioccio uses needle, thread, and cotton muslin to "mummify" newspapers. The newspaper's photographs and portraits are punctured and woven with pockets of color, bringing her own style and life to aspects of each picture. "The dedious handiwork and obsessive care I employ to create my work aims to remind the viewer of these simple but intimate pieces of everyday life and to provoke a pang of nostalgia for the familiar physicality of these objects."

Melissa Zexter's Embroidered Photography

Juxtapoz // Friday, January 24, 2014
For many years Melissa Zexter has combined the slow and meditative process of hand-sewn embroidery with the technologically more immediate medium of photography. Her portraits and figurative work explore identity and representations of femininity.

Embroidered Paintings by Pauline MM Nijenhuis

Juxtapoz // Monday, October 14, 2013
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.

Embroidery and Drawings by Caroline Hwang

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 09, 2013
We haven't checked in with the work of Caroline Hwang in quite some time, and we just noticed she has been creating these fantastic embroidery illustrations recently. The Brooklyn-based artist has been doing work for the NY Times, New York Magazine, RVCA, and Starbucks in Taiwan... which means that Starbucks in Taiwan is up to some good stuff. 

More Embroidery Work from Ana Teresa Barboza

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 04, 2013
We have posted the work of Ana Teresa Barboza before and came across some more of her embroidery art this morning. Her combination of embroidery and mixed media makes for an almost 3D experience! 
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