Rhian Swierat is an artist and graphic designer living in Brooklyn who uses stitches
to record her memories and experiences of different places. Her abstract work are impressions from a specific time and place recorded on watercolor paper with paint and with silk and rayon thread. She describes her process as follows:
“Each piece starts with an idea, a place or time and I make small stitch sketches of each layer which become the palette of styles and forms to make the final piece. The sketches serve as a guide to my process since they are the singular recording of each memory. I see myself as a painter who uses thread. The colors are pure and unmixed and the layering of stitches gives shade variation. Each layer is highly detailed and tactile so the repeating of patterns serve as the non-verbal storytelling of my memories. This layering and abstraction allows for a viewer to search for my story in each composition and formulate their own understanding of each space.”
Images: Courtesy of Rhian Swierat.
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.