Another amazingly talented needleworker, Lindsay Taylor, has a new book out called Embroidered Art. Don’t buy this book for instructions (there aren’t any). This is a book for stimulation and inspiration. Lindsay Taylor creates bags, shoes, gowns, hats, and even cups and lampshades.
Here are a couple of excerpts (© Lindsay Taylor 2011) from the artist’s website:
“To work these transformations I use a variety of techniques. These include: freehand machine embroidery, traditional hand embroidery, painting, dyeing, quilting, moulding, felting, sculpting, beading, trapunto, wiring and appliqué.”
“My studio is located at the edge of a large forest on the Isle of Wight, an ideal environment for any artist fascinated by the native plants and flora that inhabit Britain’s woodland and rural landscapes. Here my textile work takes shape. Associations weave together – wild flowers, clambering plants, the dappled forest floor where the faeries of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream might skip and dance, enchantment that makes large the world of the small, and transforms the ordinary into unexpected objects to delight and amaze. A common weed becomes a beautiful handbag, a familiar flower turns teacup, dried autumnal leaves shape themselves around and into a fabulous shoe.”