Embroidered Illustration: Lizzie Finn

Needlepoint and machine stitched portraits of
Gwen Stefani and Terri Hall for Dazed and Confused.

UK artist Lizzie Finn uses embroidery as an illustration medium, with lovely and arresting results.

Embroidered Fashion Illustration for British Vogue.


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Wool Felt FlatHat

After writing my previous post I had a look at Gareth Holt’s other work and discovered his ingenious flat pack hat design. The wool felt FlatHat has lattice cuts and can be “folded, stuffed or rolled within a pocket when not worn, without being crushed or damaging the structure”.


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The Art of Visual Communication

As a graphic designer one of the things that interests me is the art of visual communication. So I was tickled to find these brilliant examples which are a collaboration between Ben Branagan and Gareth Holt for an exhibition called ‘Rank': Picturing the Social Order 1516 – 2009.

These imaginatively designed ‘charts’ were created to depict statistical data exploring different aspects of social hierarchy. The text is easier to read on Ben’s site – the charts aren’t so meaningful or impressive if you can’t read them!

Socio-economic classification of the working population, Spring 2002
Image Source: Ben Branagan.
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Embroidered Paper

I have a thing for paper. I was origami mad as a child and have always loved creating anything with paper. I’ve been working on some 3D paper forms lately and I’ve been experimenting with paper embroidery. I’m not really ready to show anything yet, but I will when I’m happy with it all. Anyway… this is a round about introduction to some embroidered paper and embroidered illustrations I’ve found. I love the somewhat unexpected combination of paper and thread.

I blogged about Darren Song‘s work a month or so ago, and then I just had to order a custom made ‘Ollie The Red Panda’ from his etsy shop. I took some close up photos (above) to show you how wonderfully layered and dense the stitching is.

I had a little wander around etsy and found these lovely examples of embroidered paper.

One-of-a-kind Embroidered Map Collage – East, by Shannon Rankin of selflesh.

Happy card, by orangedotgreen.

And I love this Gem Rain card by sissyFIST.

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A slow and gentle start

After being away for the 4 day weekend I’m off to a slow start. I had a complete break from work and the computer, which is very unusual for me. As a consequence I’m finding it difficult getting into the swing of things, despite the long list of things that need my attention.

So as you can see by this post I’m easing myself into the day and the week ahead…

I hope you had a wonderful break. Did you eat too much chocolate? We did. I think it’s the only time of the year that you can somewhat justify eating chocolate for breakfast!

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