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Gear Threads Is The Mr X Stitch Machine Embroidery Column - Presented By Urban Threads!

There’s something magical about the combination of embroidery and animation — each frame slowly and artfully crafted, adding up to an embroidered work that comes to life in in a unique way.

Elliot Schultz is an animator and digital artist living in Melbourne, Australia who studied as an exchange student at the Rhode Island School of Design (where artists can study machine embroidery). All of this has rolled together in a truly stunning project — a collection of embroidered zoetropes.

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A zoetrope is a filmless animation technique that uses a rotating series of images to created the illusion of motion. Schultz embroidered fabric discs with several such series of images, then “played” them on a turntable to reveal the pictures in motion.

 

See more about the project on Colossal, and read the story behind it at Schultz’s site!

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Urban Threads - Unique and Awesome Machine Embroidery DesignsGear Threads is brought to you from the offbeat gals at Urban Threads. Created by illustrator Niamh O’Connor, Urban Threads is revolutionizing machine embroidery one edgy, elegant, innovative, and/or offbeat design at a time. Discover the future of digital stitchery at www.urbanthreads.com.

 

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Gear Threads Is The Mr X Stitch Machine Embroidery Column - Presented By Urban Threads!

Fabulous textile artist Leisa Rich has been featured on Mr X Stitch before, primarily for her phenomenal art in 3D textiles, but she just had to be seen again on Gear Threads for the amazing things she’s doing in freestyle machine embroidery. The organic creations she pulls out of her machine are rich in texture and full of oozing life.

If you’re curious about the unique way these pieces are hung on the wall, it’s got a cool story. As she explains in her artist statement, “viewers can ‘rearrange’ components thereby creating their own personal, alternative view, one that encourages human interaction with whomever happens to be around at that same moment in time, and another new view emerges, as a result.”

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The bright, colorful, tactile look of these pieces would be more than enough to get me to interact with them. See more on her website, or if you’re super lucky, catch one of her installations in person!

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Urban Threads - Unique and Awesome Machine Embroidery DesignsGear Threads is brought to you from the offbeat gals at Urban Threads. Created by illustrator Niamh O’Connor, Urban Threads is revolutionizing machine embroidery one edgy, elegant, innovative, and/or offbeat design at a time. Discover the future of digital stitchery at www.urbanthreads.com.

 

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Gear Threads Is The Mr X Stitch Machine Embroidery Column - Presented By Urban Threads!

Somewhere outside of Reno, Cody McElroy, better known to the interwebs as Dirty Needle Embroidery, is keeping the art of freemotion embroidery alive. From classic little patches to rich paintings in thread, Dirty Needle brings a fresh perspective to a medium that’s existed just about as long as sewing machines.

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Get the backstory on Dangerous Minds, and follow @dirtyneedleembroidery on Instagram to see more creations from this unique sewing studio.

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Urban Threads - Unique and Awesome Machine Embroidery DesignsGear Threads is brought to you from the offbeat gals at Urban Threads. Created by illustrator Niamh O’Connor, Urban Threads is revolutionizing machine embroidery one edgy, elegant, innovative, and/or offbeat design at a time. Discover the future of digital stitchery at www.urbanthreads.com.

 

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Gear Threads Is The Mr X Stitch Machine Embroidery Column - Presented By Urban Threads!

There’s a certain haunting quality to the machine embroidery work of artist Marjolein Starreveld. Faces emerge as if from a fog, distorted in ways that seem almost like a glitch in the matrix. The raw, mixed media quality of the pieces combined with trailing threads gives everything the sense that it might disintegrate if we stare just a little bit too long, and yet your eyes can’t help but linger.

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The slightly crumbling quality to her pieces is no accident, as she cites “deformation” as a major theme in her work.

Marjolein started working in hand embroidery after graduating art school, but moved onto machine embroidery and enjoys experimenting and using the “strange mistakes” that happen in the medium as part of the look of her art.

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Marjolein Starreveld 06If you would like to see more of Marjolein Starreveld’s amazing work, check it all out on her website.

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Urban Threads - Unique and Awesome Machine Embroidery DesignsGear Threads is brought to you from the offbeat gals at Urban Threads. Created by illustrator Niamh O’Connor, Urban Threads is revolutionizing machine embroidery one edgy, elegant, innovative, and/or offbeat design at a time. Discover the future of digital stitchery at www.urbanthreads.com.

 

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