Annwyn Dean is an embroiderer, book artist and print maker living in the North West of England. She creates artist’s books inspired by her collection of antique lace and embroidery which she has accumulated during many years of teaching. She is also a self taught print maker whose final prints are incorporated into the book format. You can follow the artist on her website and some of her work is available for purchase at Big Cartel.
Images: Courtesy of Annwyn Dean.
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.