Earlier this week, I got back this poor Sad Lion figurine from the finisher. I was fairly happy with him, although he could have used less batting and more weighting, if you get my drift.
I just won’t leave him by an open window.
Recently, I came across the work of Parisian artist Frédérique Morrel.
Morrel recycles vintage canvases to come up with some pretty astonishing creations.
It’s not all reindeer heads, hunting scenes and wild boars either. She does life-sized humans too, in a series she calls Ghosts.
It’s a retro chic, hyper-realistic look, and it’s certainly different. Stuff like this doesn’t come cheap.
Check it out at Bergdorf Goodman’s in NY, but have the smelling salts handy.
Morrel is not the only one to recycle stash to come up with a newish take on needlepoint.
Lindstén Form Studio is an independent design company based in Stockholm, Sweden. They use recycled canvases as backing for functional objects, such as chairs.
Pretty funky, as you can see below, although I have no idea what they were trying to say with their “many hours, many days, many weeks and years have women in older generations spent on embroidery to catch an idyll view.” Must be a Swedish thing.
Can you imagine these in your kitchen?
Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016