We became an instant fan of Carrie Burch's embroidered work when we first caught sight of her portrait series with fractured mirror effects.
Knitted details in a white-themed room..
Spring has sprung... It's that time of the year again where the air smells a little fresher and vibrant blooms fill your gardens. It's something about spring that gives us a new sense of energy, whether it's being bolder in our color schemes or injecting more personality into our works.
We love artworks that tell a unique story or aim to send out a message of change. When we stumbled upon artist, Josh Blackwell's embroidered plastic bags works on Pinterest, we were instantly hooked by not only it's intricacy but the intention behind creating them.
Combining science and needlework..
Cacti are the 'koel' kids on the block now. They are sprawling all over Pinterest and Instagram in all sorts of forms. From interior wall papers, fashion accessories, and if course DIY crafts, they are regarded by many as the 'hipster aesthetic".
Where craft meets art. While many makers may choose just the former, fiber artist Aly Barohn aims to evoke personal nostalgic through her craft form, embroidery.
We are shining the spotlight on embroidery artists that work wonders with treads and machine. We like to think free motion stitching as free-hand drawing on paper, but with the machine needle as your pen and fabric as the canvas. I
Well to all the advocates for the phrase "less is more", we believe these yarn art might just as well convert you. Think thousands yards of yarn for a single macrame piece or using rovings (yes rovings!) for embroidery.
Ana Teresa Barboza may have wanted to be a magician when she was 5, but we think her works prove that she’s so much more than that. With a deep understanding and appreciation for nature, Ana Teresa’s embroideries are truly stunning works of art.
Yesterday marks Singapore’s 51st National Day as an independent state. Though it may be small and ever-growing, Singapore has seen an increasing vibrancy in the art scene. As KOEL is based in Singapore (if you didn’t already know!), we felt that it was befitting then to introduce to you to the city’s very own embroidery artist, Izziyana Suhaimi! You may find her works rather familiar-looking, and that’s probably because they are! Some of Izziyana’s works are all over Pinterest, particularly her fashion illustrations with embroidered floral accents — a testament of the talents this city state holds.
1. Tell us more about your background and what led you to choosing embroidery as a craft? I studied Art, Design and Media at the Nanyang Technological University (in Singapore) majoring in Photography. For one of my modules, we had to work on assignment that required us to rethink an image and figure out how to extend it further. I decided to use embroidery to add depth and more meaning to it, and I just fell in love with the medium. I guess it helps that it runs in the family too, as both my grandmothers were embroiderers!
2. What makes you a KOEL Kid? Perhaps it’s the combination of different mediums, and the use of a traditional craft in a newer way.
3. Share with us the creative process behind each of your project. Usually it starts with a rough image of the work inside my head, and I try and bring it into reality. For certain projects, I will spend some time creating detailed plans before beginning on the actual work. For others, I will just start and see where the work takes me.
4. Pick one of your favourite designs and answer these quick questions! The inspiration behind this design is... Melting colours The dream store in which I would like to stock this design is… Totokaelo If this design made it big, I would… Make more. If this design could talk, it would say… Buy me!
5. Great things take time, so how much has changed since you first started embroidery and where do you see it in the next five years? Since I started, there seem to be a revival of textile crafts — a movement towards appreciating slow processes. It’s pretty cool to see the many different less conventional ways embroidery is used. Next five years.. I would love to see it used with even more unexpected mediums like motion graphics, sound art, light shows, etc.
Photo Credits: Izziyana Suhaimi
As a child, Emilie Roter was always exposed to different types of yarn, and though her grandmother tried to teach her knitting and needlework, back then she was more interested in playing (she was still a kid, after all!).
We are always on the look out for something new and exciting…something out of the ordinary to invigorate our creative senses.
Instagram is well-known for creating and maintaining communities, and since the start of KOEL, we’ve seen how close knitted the yarn community is at current and got inspired to start this series!