We found these handmade brooch on a Japanese lifestyle website and thought it would be a fun project. They’re called the Chiku Chiku or prickly brooch. There is no pattern to follow and you are free to use your imagination so that no two patterns will ever be alike. We discovered that these particular pieces were made by Tamagawa Welfare Workshop a corporation that operates both elderly care and disabled support business.
The brooch are sold under the brand, Irodori, who makes not only sashimi embroidered products but several other products using recycled materials. Irodori works with elderly and disabled people invigorating and making them actively contribute to the local community.
It’s still pretty cold out there so you may want to stay in and give your Moleskine planner an embroidered cover. We found this project and the full instruction on the blog, What’s Next? by yukiko.
The designer and maker is Japanese illustrator, Yukiko Otsu. She graduated from Sheridan College for Computer Animation in Canada and also completed a 3-year Interpretive Illustration course. She started as an illustrator, then expanded a variety of art like digital art, blogging, sewing, knitting, crochet, fashion and any decorative art you can think of.
Admiring these beautiful embroidered leaf art created by Hillary Waters Fayle. The Richmond, VA based artist pairs detailed hand-embroidering or hand-incising with found botanical elements. She says this about her work:
“I want to salvage and revive our connection to the natural world. I study rich hand craft traditions, using them in collaboration with found botanical and organic material. In this way, I symbolically bind nature and the human touch. Both tender and ruthless, this intricate and sensitive work implies that our relationship to nature is both tenuously fragile and infinitely complex.“
“There is so much to be said for the beauty of simplicity. When I make art, I strive to let the materials speak for themselves; sing their own praise. The natural objects I use catch my eye or my heart because they are already exquisite and unique. In transforming these objects, I’m always trying to augment and interact with the details I find most essential, never overpowering them.”