Admiring these soft sculptures created by Grand Rapids native, Molly Burgess. This fiber artist’s love of nature and science led her to making insects, arachnid and especially moths. She incorporates hand embroidery, machine stitching, painting, dying and wire work to form her creations. In her bio she writes this about the moth:
“Many types of moths—including my favorite the luna moth—only live a couple of weeks after they emerge. I found it interesting that the part of their lives where they are the most beautiful is also the most fleeting. My work is definitely influenced by a desire to create a lasting representation of that beauty.”
Wish we could give you more information on the artist but we found very little bio online. We do know that the creator, Iyo Okumi, graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design. The Hyogo Prefecture illustrator also attended Masa Mode Academy of Art in Osaka. Her story-telling illustrations and embroidery focuses primarily on animals, plants, landscapes and nature.
We love the embroidered pieces shown above and you can see more of her pencil illustrations on her website (in Japanese), Instagram and Tumblr.
Japanese-Australian artist Ema Shin studied traditional and contemporary printmaking in Japan and has held solo and group exhibitions internationally. The Melbourne-based artist’s work not only utilizes printmaking but may also include other techniques and mediums such as paper-maché, embroidery, weaving and collage with each design often depicting femininity, sexuality and domesticity.