Textile is sometimes art by itself. The way the threads are connected, the way colors are added, the silhouette they give to the person wearing them – all of this can sometimes be magical.
With this in mind, Katerina Marchenko, an artist and textile designer based in Moscow, began embroidering bright-colored threads on tulle to form images of animals, portraits and anatomical studies.
In their hoops, Marchenko’s pieces look like framed thread paintings. The wings of birds and angels seem so real and eye-popping, thanks to the artist’s care for harmony and color shading.
Marchenko skips the sketch phase and begins each new piece with an outline, then lets improvisation take the lead of the process itself until she reaches the final design.
The artist explains that her aesthetics and techniques are inspired in part by fashion and haute couture. A 2016 sewing course inspired her to create an embroidered tulle blouse, and the following year she got admitted to an embroidery course at the Ecole Lesage in Paris. She says that embroidery is a very relaxing process for her and it helps her calm down and gather all her thoughts.
Enjoy the work of this extraordinary artist!