Author Archives: Ami

Natalie Ciccoricco

Found these on This is Colossal one of our favorite go to source for talents. These ‘Nesting’ series of artwork is the creation of California-based artist Natalie Ciccoricco who embroiders lengthy colorful stitches with twigs mounted on handmade paper.  The Dutch born mix media designer creates collages and illustrations with the use of embroidery thread in combination with other materials such as old books, magazines, photographs, natural objects and other ephemera. She draws inspiration from her dreams, nature, arts, literature and my travels. In her bio she says this about her work: 

“CREATING ART IS A FORM OF MEDITATION TO ME”

“First, I take my time picking out my materials. I carefully prepare them for embroidery and select the different colors of thread I will use. My favorite part is the stitching itself, as it slowly reveals what the piece will look like. 

The repetition of the motions is a very calming process. Even though I always have an idea in my mind of the end result, the finished piece can be quite surprising.”

You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Some of her artwork is available for purchase on her website shop.

Images:  Courtesy of Natalie Ciccoricco.

Shane Drinkwater

Shane Drinkwater is a contemporary artist, who studied Fine Arts in Hobart, Tasmania and Sydney. He completed a fellowship in Paris and spent 6 years working in France. Presently he lives and works on the Gold Coast.  He uses a system of lines, dashes, numbers, and circles that reads as a mysterious coded system.  In his own words he writes:

“Painting is something I’ve always needed to do and I’m enjoying it more and more: it’s the joy of putting colour, shape and gesture on a surface. I’m interested in the “making”! 

“I delve into the act of painting with a minimum repertoire of visual elements aiming for a maximum visual intensity. Ideas and images appear through the making of the work, language becomes unnecessary, I let the work speak for me.”

The artist can be followed on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Shane Drinkwater.

Elsie Svennas

First found this type style on blog site of our favorite stationer, Present and Correct.  They are embroidery type designs found in the book, “A Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers” by Swedish author, Elsie Svennas.  There is very little information on the author other than the fact that she has written a few books on stitching, quilting and macrame.  A PDF of the alphabet and the book can be downloaded here at Academia.