Artists are threading their works with embroidered designs, front porches and entryways are becoming more welcoming, and kitchens are now as colorful as peacocks. Here are the latest trends in art, architecture, and design.
A new generation of artists is turning to embroidery to bring a tactile feel to their pieces. For Peruvian Ana Teresa Barboza, this means infusing her work with small strokes of hand-stitched color to create what she calls “messy lines that cover the surface.” Loom work and basketry as well as photography and drawings are intertwined in her works, inviting the viewer to touch as well as see.
In a nod to his heritage, Jordan Nassar, who is based in Brooklyn, N.Y., features traditional Palestinian hand embroidery, mostly cross stitch, arranged “in ways that you wouldn’t find in Palestine.”
It “was pretty natural for me to choose tatreez [Palestinian embroidery] because I was inclined to crafts, and I never painted or drew,” the self-taught Nassar says. Meanwhile, Australian Meredith Woolnough draws her nature-inspired sculptural embroideries with a sewing machine, a technique she learned while studying fine art at university. “I love the look and feel of a stitched line,” she says. “It is such a beautiful way to make a mark that is textural and sculptural.”