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Rhian Swierat

Rhian Swierat is an artist and graphic designer living in Brooklyn who uses stitches
to record her memories and experiences of different places. Her abstract work are impressions from a specific time and place recorded on watercolor paper with paint and with silk and rayon thread. She describes her process as follows:

“Each piece starts with an idea, a place or time and I make small stitch sketches of each layer which become the palette of styles and forms to make the final piece. The sketches serve as a guide to my process since they are the singular recording of each memory. I see myself as a painter who uses thread. The colors are pure and unmixed and the layering of stitches gives shade variation. Each layer is highly detailed and tactile so the repeating of patterns serve as the non-verbal storytelling of my memories. This layering and abstraction allows for a viewer to search for my story in each composition and formulate their own understanding of each space.”

Images: Courtesy of Rhian Swierat.

Sue Binns

UK-based potter Sue Binns is largely self taught but has spent a few years under the guidance of the Montem School in the 80s. She produces a wide array of functional domestic stoneware with her distinctive stripe patterns. In a statement on Beside the Wave she writes:

“I’m fascinated by the way stripes create different visual impressions, positive or negative, depending on their thickness and density’. She draws inspiration from 1950s Rye Pottery, which she grew up near, as well as Mediterranean pottery and Japanese fabrics and ceramics.”

You can follow the artist on her website and see more of her work on Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Sue Binns.

Tatsuro Kiuchi

Tatsuro Kiuchi is a Tokyo-based illustrator and artist who has created imagery for a wide array of publications. His illustrations have an old school and hand work look about them but much of it is produced digitally on Photoshop. He creates thumbnail sketches in his sketchbook and when ready he draws and paint on the screen using a Wacom tablet.  His beautiful work shows subtle layering, elegant colors and grainy textures.

You can find the artist on his website, Facebook, Behance and Instagram. Prints of his work are available at Society 6.

Images: Courtesy of Tatsuro Kiuchi.