Category Archives: Embroidery

Bella May Leonard

Bella May Leonard is a mixed media visual artist working with hand embroidery processes and patterns. The UK-based artist creates these ‘sculptural embroidery’ using a variety of items including tape, inner tubing, electrical cables, washing lines, wool and cable ties on punched acrylic sheets. On an interview with Textile Artist she says this about textile art and her chosen medium:

“The sculptural aspect of textile art for me is intriguing; three-dimensional, interweaving threads that build up structure with colour and texture is exciting. Textiles are loaded with history and can communicate to a universal audience, making textile art, to me, very accessible. While it demonstrates considerable thought and consideration even if intuitive, it is an art form realised physically; its tactile nature is captivating.”

“I elaborate on hand embroidery techniques, responding to the materials I choose and collect. I enjoy battling with colour and would describe my process as a collaging technique. Making decisions with colour combinations, scale and shape are made intuitively as I work until I feel a piece is resolved and balanced. I really like using materials that have connotations of previous use, so my process feels resourceful and the work is unique in its experimentation.”

You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Twitter.

Images: Courtesy of Bella May Leonard.

Abigail Halpin

Abigail Halpin is a designer/illustrator living in Maine. Graphic design is her background but illustration has always been her first love.  She illustrates by hand using watercolor, pencils and gouache and then makes final adjustments in her computer. She is “inspired by vintage textiles, all things Slavic, mystery novels, the ocean and long-forgotten ephemera.”  The artist is known widely for her intricate paintings but today we are focusing on her embroidery enhanced illustrations.

More of her work can be seen on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Some of her work can be purchased in her Etsy shop.

Images: Courtesy of Abigail Halpin.

Ingrid van den Brand

Loving these abstract designs created by artist, photographer and designer, Ingrid van den Brand.
She runs a creative studio, “Eye-Snacks”, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The artist embroiders as she draws replacing the pencil with needle, thread, and recycled materials. Her work is minimal and poetic.

You can see more of her work on her website, Facebook and Behance.

Images: Courtesy of Ingrid van den Brand.