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.
Turin-based illustrator Annalisa Bollini creates these incredible mixed media scenes with emboidery, applique and bits of paper. This Italian artist received her Bachelor of Arts degree both in Turin’s European Institute of Design and Milwaukee’s Institute of Art and Design. She is a published illustrator and also works as an art therapist for nonprofit organizations. Pattern Prints Journal describes her work as follows:
“Rich of patterns, textures, clippings, details, material effects and applications, sometime with a “childish” style, sometime refined and more adult, always however full of magic.”
You can see more of her work on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Prints of her work can be purchased on her Etsy shop, 2Hands2Tails.
Images: Courtesy of Annalisa Bollini.
Seattle-based artist Shaun Kardinal has created a series of hand-embroidered paper collage using vintage postcards, ephemera and found objects. This multidisciplinary artist likes to create, curate and follow visual art online. He often meanders second hand stores in search for inspiration and raw materials. On Dirty Laundry Mag he says this about his work:
“I loved the tactility of the puncture. I was attracted to the vibrant hues and romantic nostalgia that wasn’t my own. It was also fun to seek out the postcards, with their antique store ubiquity.
“I enjoy the ideation and execution of my projects more than making money, and as long as I’m in a position to be able to make that happen, I would like to continue doing so.”
You can see more of his work on his website and on Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of Shaun Kardinal.