From lush floral motifs to impressionistic portraits, Russian illustrator and artist Lisa Smirnova’s embroidered artwork is a smorgasbord of bold coloured threads set against a vast array of rich textiles.
Every piece of art is painted, not with a brush and paint, but a needle and thread. A far cry from the genteel craft our grandmothers and aunts indulged in, Lisa’s work is part of a new movement that blends traditional embroidery with contemporary, edgy topics and a sense of humour.
From her days as a student, Lisa has striven to bring something new to this age-old craft, developing numerous ways of painting with thread, like using rough-hewn stitches to give a sense of dimension and form to her quirky, illustrative style. With the help of GO, Russia’s first eco-conscious brand, Lisa has pushed the boundaries of embroidery art, making garments that are more than just a fashion statement.
Catch My Embroidered Life at K+, Scotts Square #03-14/15.