Sewing has been my life’s passion. I remember when I first picked up a needle and thread at about 6 or 7 years old and what a joy that was. Sewing by hand was a slow process and allowed me to dream while I created. When I began to use a sewing machine, around 9 or 10 years old, the dreaming ended. I spent my sewing time getting to know the machine as I worked. Recently I picked up a piece of silk that someone gave me and began making a scarf with a hand rolled hem. It brought me full circle back to my dreamy childhood sewing and what a delightful time that was. This month I am introducing you to two ladies that use a needle and thread in quite different and wonderful ways.
(Introduction taken from Victoria’s biography)
VICTORIA VILLASANA was born in 1982 in Guadalajara, Mexico. She is a textile artist, interested in cultures and human spirit, looking at how people relate to each other in a fragmented, post-digital world. She studied design at ITESO University in Mexico and spent over a decade in London, where she became well known in the street art community for her rebellious femininity and acute cross-cultural imagery. The dynamism in her work derives from the way the yarn is left uncut, far below the frame like yet untold stories, giving a surreal aesthetic reflecting in the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Now residing in Mexico, her work is shown in exhibitions and public installations.
Kelly is an art doll artist and a member of the Phoebe’s art doll club. This is the doll that inspired her to move into embroidery.
This is her current work, and the process for making her embroidered pictures. She starts with a photograph that she alters in Photoshop until she gets the desired effect. The next step is to fuse the image onto fusible interfacing, and then iron that onto fabric. The image is embroidered with a single strand of embroidery thread and all purpose thread to give it dimension.
December is a busy month for me so I will be taking a vacation from the blog.
Have a wonderful holiday and I’ll be back in January 2018.