Rasta Turtle


Jonathan Puckey / Jurg Lehni

Meet the Rasta Turtle.

I am always interested in innovative, creative developments in the world of graphics design. Jonathan Puckey is a graphic designer based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, who, among other things, developed in 2008 a technology that produces visually compelling images.

Here, for example, is his rasterized take on a turtle which also makes use of color averaging by Jurg Lehni. As a stitcher, my first instinct is to wonder if such a triangulated image could form the basis of a sophisticated needlepoint design.  To me, Mr. Rasta reminds me of Swarovski crystal which is definitely appealing.  I can see this guy with lots of pattern stitches, using overdyed metallics and shiny threads.


Joan Miró, Tortuga

Of course needlepoint has always been influenced by artists such as Joan Miró, whose 1901 Tortuga sketch is interesting in terms of the possibilities it offers for pattern stitching.  An example of this would be the Miro-inspired “tartle” that can been viewed at Lani’s Needlepoint.

The question is, can modern developments in the world of computer graphics open up a whole new creative design palette in the world of needlepoint stitching?

If Puckey’s Rasta Turtle is any indication, I would say a definite…. maybe. 😉  For even if the Rasta Turtle, per se, is unsuitable as the basis for a needlepoint design, the question as to why not would be a discussion that I, for one, would find stimulating.

So…. what do you think?

Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016.


About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

One response »

  1. He does look like an interestingly cut diamond. Get busy!! I LOVE the Miro tortuga there.

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