Who said embroidery "isn’t fashionable anymore"? Instaembroidery is the area dedicated to modern embroidery, loaded (oh yes, seriously!) with inspirations and new ways of seeing this beautiful ancient technique.
Here are the creative that will populate the area in the edition of Abilmente autumn 2021.
In collaboration with: Giuliana Ricama
Hi! I'm Chiara, the one with a vintage soul and I'm Pola, modern and brand-new lover. Our way of being are mixing bringing to life a new essence, weaving grandma's techniques and contemporary graphics.
We try to bring in our little lab everything we love: nature, mountains and animals. Can you spot chamoises jumping in our drawings?
Embroidery came into my life without my asking, perhaps it came at a time when I needed to speak, to make my voice heard. The paper and the pen were starting to be no longer enough. I had a desire to imprint my messy memories forever and nothing was better than the slow and thoughtful stitches of embroidery. I wanted to give weight to the words, weight and precise color, red. Red like blood in the veins; we are made of red, we live thanks to him, it is the color that speaks of me, of all of us, so how could I not have chosen it? I am red.
The encounter with modern embroidery was a real epiphany: its versatility, its immense expressive power made me understand that it was the perfect average for me, to satisfy my desire to create and to experiment, my overflowing curiosity.
My embroidery is pop, colorful, eccentric, irreverent and a bit nerdy, like me. I love mixed media and there is no support that I have not experienced: metal, paper, even bubble plastic... I am always ready to throw myself into new challenges, as long as they tickle my imagination!
I’m Martina, founder of Ispirando.it , creative space full of DIY tutorials, home inspirations and ideas of creative recycling.
Among the different artistic expressions, I find that embroidery, revisited under a modern perspective, is perfect to integrate into many creative projects.
I love to embroider motivational phrases and floral elements experimenting with needle and thread on unconventional supports, such as cardboard, canvas and wood, to obtain always new and original results.
"Votive embroidery and secret languages .
Your words inspire me, your stories. I collect them and transform them into real amulets, thanks to symbols, magic, the language of flowers. Through embroidery we give the fabric a unique moment, a single soul, yours. Every votive embroidery is your personal, unrepeatable altar, as you are. "
Raise your hand if you know gold embroidery! If you don’t know, Goldwork is the art of embroidering with metallic threads, the main technique with which for centuries have been embellished the most important vestments and sacred furnishings, military uniforms, clothes and furnishings of royal families.
It is a very uncommon art that is disappearing, especially in Italy. That’s why I made it my job, as well as my main hobby. In fact, finished to embroider sacred vestments or to bring back ancient embroideries, I change loom and I use the technique of the embroidery in gold in order to experiment and amuse myself. I often end up embroidering fish! And after such a day, to stretch my legs, I go to the sea.
The Venice Stitch is the intertwining between nature and memories, a story embroidered with simplicity and patience. From the animal and vegetable world are born unique embroidery, handmade according to the artisan tradition. Small works that speak an ancient language, almost drawn from a wooden trunk remained too long in the attic of his grandmother, along with his outfit that smells of mothballs and poignant black and white photos of the past century
Embroidering means much more than a hobby or hobby. It’s an ancestral art that has the power to make me feel close to certain places and people. It allows me to hold together memories and create bridges (or maybe points) that unite those old and new parts of me that were born or found. And every time I pick up the needle and thread and I start to fill the canvas with different points and I arrive at the end I see everything in its entirety and it’s a bit like I see myself in my entirety, as if I see all the women I’m made of and who make me up.
Since I was a child, embroidery has been a refuge for me. Where the passage of time, the duties, the judgments of others had no weight. While my hands ran quickly on the canvas, my mind metabolized and grinded kilometers of flowery fields and clear skies. And whenever I felt the need, I could go back there. Curled up to my drum, my needles and my messy thousand colored threads. With Letigram Broderie I expressed and shared this awareness. Who knows, maybe for you too embroidering or caressing flowery threads will not become a refuge and source of lightness, even under a gray sky.
After an intense and varied journey I arrived to embroidery, the first love of my childhood. A slow world of hypnotic rituals for my baby eyes that had almost the need to find comfort and refuge in those constant and repeated movements... arrange the frame, pierce the canvas, draw, choose from a thousand threads of all colors. My journey in the way of work begins as a photographer and hence the instinct, almost the need, to embroider portraits; I am an attentive observer, passionate about mankind and so my desire to express myself through art has found its best allies in the needle, in thread and cloth and of course in your faces.
I’m Maria Francesca, and with my brand Aembrosia I reinterpret the ancient and precious techniques of gold embroidery and haute couture embroidery, making them contemporary and adding a touch of poetry. Experimentation and the artistic approach to embroidery are at the center of my work. My mission is to spread the idea of embroidery as an expression of modernity and a means of free expression: I will be at Abilmente as a special correspondent, to tell you about the future of this technique.
Want to bet you’ll be surprised?