Raquel J. Alves – Stitched Collage


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Raquel J. Alves is an artist from London who combines cut out paper collages with embroidery to create mixed media pieces that are achingly stylish.

She creates collages combining paper, wallpaper, canvas, paint and threads.

As well as using the threads to explore movement and flow on the pieces, Raquel stitches the outlines to the illustrations. There are many other artists that stitch on paper, but Raquel’s approach to the medium has an intrinsic freedom within the delicate construction of the pieces.

I find these pieces really engaging – her use of colour and texture is terrific, and the style of the pieces pushes my buttons. The layering of paper develops textures that the threads intermingle with both in and out of the base layer.

Each piece is a clever combination of materials and texture delivered to a high standard. Raquel is a highly talented individual and the output on her Flickr photostream reinforces her artistry.

Curiously it seems as though Raquel took a bit of hiatus from stitching to try out other artistic pursuits but she seems to be getting back into the swing of things, which is fantastic to see!

You can explore Raquel’s world at her blog and see more of her new work on Instagram!

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