Tuija Heikkinen

 

A textile designer and arts & crafts teacher from Finland, Tuija Heikkinen uses traditionally crocheted objects to create assemblages that feel fresh and forward. By stacking, arranging, and layering individually stitched pieces she manages to tell sweet little stories in a very thoughtful way.

 

 

 

 

 

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ThreadStories

 

Some of the most intriguing artists in history have gone by a single name, and some of them are a mystery behind their own monicker. Check out the work of ThreadStories. She creates the most incredible masks out of traditional materials that have the most beautifully terrifying effect on viewers.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Greaves

 

A vibrant installation of ancient Armenian images, embroidered wooden scupltures, zoomorphic creatures, and soundscapes. A collection that uses embroidery to vandalize everyday objects with emotive, political, and thoughtful text. A pseudo kitchen where fridges, doors, food, and sinks become the canvases for hidden thoughts. Sarah Greaves elevates everything she touches to the next level of thought and emotion.

 

 

 

 

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Too Legit to Quilt

 

Aside from having a brilliant tongue-in-cheek shop name, Dre McLeod of Too Legit to Quilt creates some super badass custom patches and textiles. You can opt for a patch on its own or even buy a jacket. She uses mostly repurposed fabrics, and the garments are always purchased secondhand which I definitely applaud.

 

 

 

 

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Doucement

 

Doucement is an independent textile art and design studio helmed by Monica Hofstadter. The textile objects she creates from natural fibers and radiant plastics blur the line between minimalist art and over the top creature comforts. Each piece is inspired by the love of being home, creating serene moments for the senses, and the magic and spirituality of the tangible world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sophie MacNeill

 

Embroidery may as well be called slow expressionism. Vancouver-raised stitcher Sophie MacNeill (aka Slow Stitch Sophie) is very much influenced by what’s around her, examining themes of ecology and connection. The thread and fabric she uses is often hand-dyed with natural materials from her surroundings. Such a meaningful, intentional process, along with Sophie’s day job as a landscape architect, makes for some powerfully beautiful environmental advocacy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sissel Blystad

 

It’s virtually impossible to show a cross-segment of Sissel Blystad‘s work because she’s been creating since 1972! Take a look at her portfolio to see how Sissel’s style has grown and evolved over the years, from rugs to smaller textile pieces she makes using saturated colors and bold pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ezgi Pamir

 

Ezgi Pamir is a real wiz with embroidery thread. Not only is she able to create the smallest of details, she often trails some of them off the fabric itself. A scarf, a hat, a branch. But this is really just a pastime for Pamir, who lists herself as a stage and costume designer. So much talent, so few hours in the day!

 

 

 

 

 

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