Category Archives: Sewing

Mika Hirasa

mikahirasaAttracted to the unique artisan style of Japanese illustrator and embroidery artist, Mika Hirasa, who freelances under the name, “Micao”. She draws pictures using a combination of machine sewing, hand embroidery, applique and fabric painting, all of which were self-taught. Her work ranges from advertisement for major companies to cover art for books and magazines, and even collaborative works with a household goods manufacturer.

You can follow her on her website, Facebook and Behance.

Images: Courtesy of Mika Hirasa.

Miesje Chafer

MiesjeChaferMiesje Chafer is a textile designer, doodler, screen printer and maker based in Southsea, UK. She creates and prints bold and bright geometric designs to create her line of accessories which includes cushions, quilts, purses and bags. On the website, Sorting Office, she describes her creative process as such:

“I usually start my day with printing, as this takes up the most energy. I make a list of all the different colours and patterns I want for that day, then I cut out and iron all the fabric I need for that batch of printing. I then spend the afternoon sewing/emailing/taking photos/putting stuff online/posting things/eating/napping/ until I’m too tired to do anymore and I collapse on the sofa!”

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

Images: Courtesy of Miesje Chafer.


Rosie James

RosieJamesRosie James is a British textile artist, teacher and maker whose expertise is in embroidery, stitched thread, sewing and screen printing. Her work involves using a sewing machine as a drawing tool instead of a pen or pencil. She creates images using the stitched line and embellishes them with screen printing, applique, printed fabrics and computer embroidered elements. On an article in Visit Salford she explains her particular interest in figures and crowds:

“I am very interested in crowds and in particular looking at the individual within the crowd. I like to draw people out and about, but I am particularly interested in the details of life, the handbags, the clothes, the shoes, our hairstyles and the stuff we carry around with us; all the things which differentiate us from others. I use a camera to capture these scenes and then make drawings from the photographs. This means I can get all the details.”

You can follow the multi-disciplined artist on her website and on Facebook as well.

Images: Courtesy of Rosie James.