Blimey crikey we’re here already, my last ‘Exploring Etsy’ of 2016! Well I think we can all agree it’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride, here’s hoping 2017 will bring us all bigger and better things. I certainly hope to keep delighting you all once a month with beautiful needlecraft offerings from around the globe. For this, our final needlecraft offering this year, I’m honoured to share with you the beautiful work of Beth Colletti that can be found in her self-titled shop.
Beth is a mixed media artist who loves to combine paint and thread. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two elderly cats and has been creating art for as long as she can remember. When she’s not embroidering you can find her cooking, gardening, making handmade gifts for her family and friends or exploring local hiking trails.
What is your earliest stitching memory?
I was always exploring different arts and crafts as a child and I recall my mom giving me some old crewel embroidery kits to try out. This was my first experience with embroidery and I fell in love with the meditative art form of “painting with thread”. I always loved to work with my hands and as an adult became fascinated with embroidering on different mediums and combining stitching with actual painting. Although most of my work is now on fabric, I continue to delve into embroidering on canvas and combine embroidery with mixed media in my personal time. I’m also beginning to design embroidery patterns since this is how I first fell in love with embroidery.
What fires your imagination?
I’m inspired by tiny details in nature – things that are easy to overlook unless the viewer is deliberately slowing down and paying attention. I love discovering patterns and shapes in leaves, or birds and sketching them in more whimsical forms; I think there is something magical about ordinary life and I try to capture that in my work. And of course I’m always curious about mixing media and mashing up materials that aren’t traditionally used together. I’m absolutely in awe of how people like Susanna Bauer and Bethany Walker do this.
I love Beth’s vibrant embroidery style, her use of colour is utterly sumptuous. For you lovely folk living stateside there’s still time to put your orders in for Christmas. Beth’s last Christmas delivery dates for the US is this Friday so why not pop on over to her shop and have a gander. So my wonderful readers, until we meet again in the New Year I shall wish you and your loved ones a very happy festive season.
Jessica Taylor aka Loadofolbobbins is a Textile Artist and Illustrator based by the sea in Portsmouth. At her happiest with a needle and thread, with a passion for genealogy she often explores old photographs in her textile art. With her fingers in many creative pies she loves to experiment with new techniques, creating illustrated and stitched goodies for her Etsy shop.