Category Archives: Embroidery

Stephanie K. Clark

Amazed at these incredible embroidered pieces created by Salt Lake City-based artist Stephanie K. Clark. The artist considers herself a painter using a mixture of paint, chalk, pencil and thread. On her website she writes about her ‘thread painting’ craft as follows:

“The process of transforming string into art struck me as something visually stimulating with complex simplicity. My background in painting has allowed me to explore the material using techniques that derive more from the worlds of drawing and painting, engaging both traditional and innovative techniques in employing formal qualities with density, texture and pattern.”

“The embroidery floss is my palette and the needle is my paintbrush. I create a method of embroidering the threads in an arrangement that would initially create value, color, depth and as I lay the colors down they instantly blend themselves. This process has had its way with me, leading me from hobby to art. My work is an ode and influenced by the worlds of tapestry and my love for craft. Using thread instead of oils has allowed me to bring new purpose to my painting process. My work blurs the lines between fine art and craft.”

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

Images: Courtesy of Stephanie K. Clark.

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Humayrah Bint Altaf

UK-based embroidery artist Humayrah Bint Altaf began her studies in the world of fashion but discouragement quickly brought her back to her first love, embroidery, with much of her intricate work inspired by the natural world. On Sisters Magazine she writes this about herself:

“I began embroidering at the age of 14 after seeing my grandma lovingly make crocheted gifts for friends and family,” says Humayrah. “I have fond memories of spending my school holidays in her home. The duck egg blue walls, hand-dyed silk saris that neatly lined her wardrobe, even the soft floral scent of her saris are still fresh in my mind. It was here that my heart became entwined in needlework and all things handmade.”

“I was blessed with the opportunity to study hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court Palace. In my two years there, I developed my skills in traditional hand embroidery techniques like goldwork and silk shading, and my love and appreciation for exquisite craftsmanship blossomed.”

You can see more of her work on Instagram and purchase a few of her designs in her Etsy shop, The Olde Sewing Room.

Images: Courtesy of Humayrah Bint Altaf

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Julie Sarloutte

Hard to ignore these paintings with thread created by French artist Julie Sarloutte. The graduate of the National School of Fine Arts in Paris focuses on embroidery to create these detailed pieces where the individual stitches appear to be paint strokes. Her work draws inspiration from what the world news is covering. In her own words she writes:

“In my work I mix elements of folk and everyday imagery, often violent: disasters, war, urban repression … omnipresent in the media. Reflecting the fascination of the screen, I take the time to embroider what usually happens in a split second.”

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

Images: Courtesy of Julie Sarloutte.