07 October 2010

ana & renilde

I'm discovering the amazing world of contemporary stitch/needlework, and the artists who incorporate it into their body of work, or who perdominantly play in this medium. And the talent out there has blown me away. I'm a complete convert, and would love to at some stage dabble myself. I remember mum's gorgeous needlepoint work when my first nephew was born. She didn't think she was being 'creative' because she was working from a pattern, but it was all truly truly lovely. For the moment, I'm just going to focus on two artists for this post because they seem so well suited to each another. Plenty of time for the others!




I profiled Ana Botezatu's work recently, but as I try not to clutter each post with too many images, I just included a selection of her drawings. She's such a talented gal, who seemingly works effortlessly with different materials, and her little cross stitch works are just superb. If you head here, she'll acquaint you with her textile work, but I recommend scrolling through from the beginning, because all her work is wonderful.




Renilde Depeuter's gorgeous blog is 'at swim-two-birds'. Her incredible works have been covered quite a bit across the blogosphere - as they should! There's a wonderful abstraction to her Worm Hole series which are also quite rustic (an interesting mix), while the Metropolis series are more pictorial like Ana's.

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Ana's blog, website, Book By Its Cover sketchbook feature
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Renilde's worm hole series on flickr, her blog, nice interview I found on Fine Little day blog

12 comments:

holly aka golly said...

Helen, I love needlework too. these are marvelous! Take a peek at these:

http://www.acmelosangeles.com/exhibitions/2010-5-lisa-borgnes/ (humorous)

http://www.freddierobins.com/index.htm
(not needlepoint per se, but fabulous)

http://a.parsons.edu/~dezsoa/DRAWING_embroidered.html (a little provocative to say the least)

helicopter6 said...

Thanks so much for sharing the links Holly. I'm aware of Andrea's work, and you've reminded me to add it to my links (I have a Word doc for the sites I've found so far, & not all have been added yet... I'm going to have to create a separate page - or a separate blog just for links!). There is a lot of provocative content in her stitch work, but if that's not someone's cup of tea, her wonderful paper/book projects are very different. Freddie's work is awesome - looks like he had work in an exhibition here in Melbourne earlier this year, so it's a shame I missed that one. And thanks for introducing Lisa's work, but I have to confess, I'm generally not a fan of text based embroidery - especially when it's all text (sorry everyone), so unfortunately that one didn't click with me personally - but everyone else should check it out!

annamaria said...

Hi Helen, I love needlework too !!I know Renildes' work and totally love it, but I was not aware of Anas' work so thank you for sharing. So much inspiration here always!XX

helicopter6 said...

I can imagine you working with stitch Annamaria, especially your compositions where the individual elements are more dispersed. I've found some really nice work in my cyber travels, so will post them over time!

Lovely World said...

These make me all excited! I have seen the work of these talented women before. Wonderful links you have provided.

inaluxe said...

These are so lovely, thank you for posting. I love Renilde's work - she's also such a gorgeous person too... sooooo lovely. I'm glad to have now also been introduced to ana's work. Ace!

helicopter6 said...

So pleased you both like the work of these artists. And Katrina, it doesn't surprise me that Renilde is a gorgeous person, I don't think you could make work like this without being sooooo lovely!!

la casita said...

oh thank you, i didn't know Ana's work...(where i was living???)
: )))

Jennifer Hunold said...

Hi Helen! I found you when I was checking my website stats--thank you for linking to my site! :-) I really enjoy your blog, your work is lovely, and your website is wonderful looking as well (just redesigned mine so it is on the brain). Anyhow, I wanted to drop by, say "hello, and thank you," and I will visit again soon!

helicopter6 said...

Hello Jennifer! Love an organised gal who checks her stats. Thank you for your very very kind words, and you're visitation is always welcome!

Kylie said...

Renilde's work is just sublime - love her:) and I'm joining the chorus of thank you for introducing Ana - I haven't come across her work before either. Just fabulous :) Kx

helicopter6 said...

Yep, they're both great, and I love Ana's work more and more.