Category Archives: Textile

Richard Saja

Loving this series of embroideries created by textile designer Richard Saja. The New York-based artist and curator embroiders bright and whimsical embellishments on top of traditional French toile. In an interview posted on Etsy he gives us an insight into his art and offers some encouragement for budding artist:

“My interest for embroidery sprang from the necessity of keeping up with production for a line of cushions I was selling under the name MARISAAL. I had met an amazing embroiderer on the subway by overhearing her conversation here in New York, and she was the only one who embroidered the toile for me back then. Soon, after I picked up a needle, I found the perfect outlet for my OCD inclinations and overall fastidiousness: embroidery. Having no natural talent for painting or drawing, I found that a needle and floss allowed me to accomplish very similar results and that I actually did have some innate talent for it.”

“The one thing I’d like to encourage is originality. It’s okay to start out aping other peoples’ work, but I like to see young embroiderers forge ahead into new territories rather than recycling the same few motifs over and over.”

“I don’t think of myself as a technically accomplished stitcher, being more interested in the conceptual aspect of my work, so I can’t really speak to that. I keep going back to the same few stitches time and again: satin, split, bullion, and my favorite, the French knot.”

You can follow the artist on his blog, Facebook and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Richard Saja.


Lilou Swann

Morgane Galey is the is the creator behind the brand, Lilou Swann. The French designer based in Brittany is inspired by western and oriental influences. She makes beautiful accessories and textile objects for women, children and home. Her choice and assembly of fabrics, colors and patterns play an essential role in each of her handmade design.

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

Images: Courtesy of Lilou Swann.

Don Fisher

These handmade fish bags are the creations of graphic designer Julia Castaño. The Barcelona-based artist sells her fun wares under the brand, Don Fisher. The bags are made with the highest quality materials. The insides are fleshy and full of bones and sometimes teeth.

You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Some of her items can be purchased on Etsy.

Images: Courtesy of Don Fisher