Alice Springs soft sculptures

The first time I saw the work of Dulcie Sharp and the other artists of the Yarrenyty Arltere Art Centre, based in Alice Springs, was at the inaugural Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art in Adelaide, South Australia, in October last year. Their soft sculptures with…

The Funk Files: Embroidery Frontiers – Meet Amee K. Sweet-McNamara

A Google search for “soutache” led me to Amee K. Sweet-McNamara. Amee’s style and color sense hooked me. Amee herself keeps me returning and inspires me to explore some new techniques. Grab a cuppa, and let’s sit down and chat with Amee.   Name: Amee K. Sweet-McNamara Business name: Amee…

Hand & Lock at the V&A

From the 12th to the 15th centuries, England enjoyed an international reputation for the quality of its luxury embroideries, and were frequently referred to as ‘Opus Anglicanum’ (English work). Often featuring complex imagery, and ambitious in their scale and intricacy, they were sought after by kings, queens, popes and cardinals across…

The Luxe Machine Embroidery of Gothic Lolita Fashion

If you’ve never heard of Gothic Lolita, Wikipedia has the broad but somewhat underwhelming definition of a “fashion subculture originating in Japan that is based on Victorian and Edwardian clothing.” When you really dive into the subculture however, you realize just how rich that fashion is. Luxurious coats, frocks, and dresses all dolled…

Felter Skelter: Winged Backpacks by Volha Kotova

Without a doubt, Volha Kotova’s winged backpacks are the hottest thing in felt right now. These amazing bags give you wings, and hold your stuff too! Meticulously crafted in realistic and fantasy color combinations, it’s easy to mistake these woolly wings for the real thing, and who hasn’t wished for their very own…