I received an email from the curator of an upcoming exhibition in Berlin called "Strich und Faden" and was blown away by the work of Lithuanian artist Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene. She has several examples of her unbelievable cross-stitching on car hoods, car doors, skillets, platters and watering cans. Field trip to Berlin, anyone?
From the Strich und Faden website:
The folksy expression "nach Strich und Faden" has its origin in the craft of weaving, where it was used when testing the cloth's quality. It means to do something thoroughly, with great artistry and precision, or according to the rules of an art or craft. In contemporary language it has gained connotations of trickery, deceit and travesty.
This also brought to mind the playful work of Lynette Andreason who embroiders on jewelry and metal platters to great effect.
Link: Strich und Faden exhibit in Berlin
Link: Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene
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