I remember when I first saw the embroidery designs by Jenny Hart from Sublime Stitching. It was fresh and perverse — as she describes her work, "this ain't your grandma's embroidery". It inspired me, along with many others, to pick up a needle and learn the art of embroidery. This was at the cusp of the indie craft movement and Jenny, unknowingly, helped to pave the way for another artist. Now, years later, enter textile artist Meghan Willis.
Meghan Willis, of Tsuru Bride, has taken the rebellious embroidery trend to another level. Her artwork often starts by capturing a scene on camera first, which she then uses as a template for her embroidery designs. Meghan's latest body of work is called "States of Undress", a series of illustration-style embroideries that show women undressing. They are feminine yet daring and leave the viewer wanting more, be it clothes on or off. It comes as no surprise that Meghan, who is continuously intrigued by the female form and the clothes that adorn it, studied fashion design in school.
Meghan is currently moving her studio from Ohio to Brooklyn, NY which has left her Etsy shop on temporary hiatus, but you can visit her website for more images of her stunning work. While you're there, make sure you look at the photo that inspired the first image… amazing!