Embroidery has been around a long time, dating back as far 5th Century BC.It is is believed that it has its origins in China and the Near East, but the word embroidery comes from the French word, broderie, meaning embellishment.

Contemporary Embroidery Artists

Despite its centuries-old origins, this timeless craft continues to be revisited and used by contemporary artists who push the boundaries of its meaning and limits. The work ranges from hyper realistic embroidered portraits to cross stitching on cars, embroidery artists have taken the field to new and exciting places.

Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene, is a Lithuanian artist who applies floral and decorative patterns to unconventional objects. Instead of going for fabric, she sews cross-stitch patterns onto metal buckets, utensils and car doors. Each chosen canvas is an attempt to subvert traditional embroidery culture, which is often associated with sweetness and sentimentality. Here the hard edges and rusty metal balance the cosy appeal of stitched thread.

Maricor / Maricara specializes in embroidered text. Their wide-range of typographic styles demonstrates an interest in all that is hand lettering, from fancy scripts to playful block forms. The use of thread adds dimension to the letters, creating a unique and unconventional twist on graphic design.