If you have a palate for culinary-inspired artwork, then these miniature embroidered foods will definitely appeal to your creative taste buds. Japanese artist ipnot is the nimble-fingered mastermind behind an amazingly detailed assortment of tiny, handmade embroidered foods. The extremely realistic designs range from a bowl of ramen and a sushi roll to tiny chocolates and apple and tomato slices.
To achieve these miniscule 3D renditions of meals, ipnot uses needle and yarn in a process she likens to sipple painting.
"I discovered myself that the French knot stitch can be done by wrapping thread around the needle," ipnot told Designboom. "I find this type of stitching to be a lot of fun to do and it is my favorite type of stitch. I have chosen the French knot stitch to represent my style, choosing a thread of my own preference from 500 different-colored embroidery options. As in the art of stipple painting, I use my needle like a paint brush and I stitch one knot at a time."
As taxing as this creative process sounds, the work is a source of enjoyment and relaxation for ipnot, who gained a huge appreciation for the craft from a young age.
"I have spent my childhood surrounded by very creative and crafty people who have inspired me," ipnot said of her artistic inspiration. "I was drawn to embroidery because my grandmother used to do embroidery and made it look very relaxing and enjoyable. So I tried it and I enjoyed it myself." She adds, "Since then, I started my own projects and it does not feel like work at all. Rather, it feels like a hobby since I am having fun."
Check out ipnot's Instagram page for a closer look at her expansive menu of embroidered fare.