Contemporary embroidery

This is my first time talking about embroidery but I cannot avoid to admire the contemporary work of a young American artist who lives in Menorca, Spain. She is Sarah K. Benning, who discovered her passion while she was working as a nanny.

Sarah’s embroideries often depict potted plants and her newest works position these potted gardens in interior spaces and pairs them with other textiles.  She approaches these pieces as illustrations, creating drawings in pencil directly onto the fabric before filling the image in with thread.  In this way, the thread become more like ink or paint than traditional embroidery, which accentuates the bold shapes, patterns, and color in the compositions.

Check out her work: