Category Archives: Sewing

Junko Oki

Textile artist Junko Oki lives and works in Kamakura, Japan and began her embroidery career in her 40s. She calls her work “Woky Shoten” meaning ‘free movement of the line to make a simple repetition of work’. Her intricate free form embroidery have a vintage quality and often features a cross in her designs. She reveals a bit about herself in the quotes we have gathered:

“Collectively, the works were none other than a reflection of me, maybe even embarrassingly so. I desired to expose myself even more through my works; I wanted to be true to myself. What else matters? That is the one thing I know that I am good at.”

“Even if you find a tangled-up thread, you don’t have to cut it off, you can leave it to create a new pattern. In other words the path is endless and you can keep on going – no turning back.”

’When I have needles, threads, and other special materials in front of me, something stirs deep inside my unconscious mind in spite of myself, and I am filled with strong emotion.That is when I regain my true self’ 

You can follow the artist on here on her website.

Images: Courtesy of Junko Oki.

Caroline Jourdain

Caroline Jourdain from Rouen, France hand sews these exquisite and tactile sewing books, eyeglass bags and pouches. She utilizes sachiko, boro and kantha stitching techniques on a collage of Japanese fabric, Indian block printed cottons, wool and linen. Wish we could tell you more about her background but there is very little information available. However, you can view more of her work in her Etsy shop, Bluesamovar.

Images: Courtesy of Caroline Jourdain.

Andrea Hauer

Andrea Hauer was born in Chile and lives and works in Madrid, Spain. The visual and mixed media artist creates “low-tech” contemporary pieces recycling materials, images, and experiences. She is “obsessed with time, process, changes, memory, traces and thinks that used materials “carry” memories. She believe, as an artist, that we should use what surrounds us, these being experiences, materials and/or objects.”

You can see more of her work on her website, Twitter and Instagram. She sells a few pieces in her Etsy shop, Hauering.

Images: Courtesy of Andrea Hauer.