Teresa Lim Puts a Contemporary Spin to Embroidery

Singapore-based illustrator and embroidery artist Teresa Lim is known for her contemporary approach to embroidery. Having graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts majoring in Fashion Textile Design, she has been working with embroidery and textiles ever since. Having showcased her work in various countries and in publications both locally and internationally, she has also collaborated with giants like Gucci, Changi Airport, Swarovski to name a few.

So it’s hard to imagine a time when she wasn’t hard at work. But, speaking with Style Theory, she ensured there was indeed a time when she didn’t know what it was she wanted to do professionally.

“After graduating from junior college, I realized I didn’t actually like to study,” she recalled. “My notes were always filled with drawings on the side. After graduating from LASALLE College of the Arts, where I studied fashion, I didn’t really know what to do, I just wanted to do something I love, which is either music or art related. That’s when I started exploring embroidery. If I wasn’t doing what I’m doing now, I’ll probably be pursuing a career in music,” she admitted.

Trained, in fact as a classical violinist, Lim has studied and known music for almost all her life. According to her, music and art work hand in hand, with each supplementing the other. Aside from music, she’s also inspired by people, books, and the things around her.

“It’s a great thing to have a job that you enjoy, and I’m happy to have that,” she says. “I like being able to create new things everyday. It’s what keeps me going.”

Check out some of her intricate artworks in the gallery below.