I'm not particularly good at making things, but what I am good at is finding and appreciating things that are well made. I've had a long-time sweet spot for trades like woodworking and ceramics, but it wasn't until about two years ago, when a chance discovery rocked my art world, that I really began to obsess over the embroidery masters that walk among us regular folk.
Up until that point, admittedly, I'd really only thought of embroidery as a pastime of sweet little grandmas and OCD moms (I'm looking at you, underwear initialers)... and then I stumbled across Kimika Hara. Remember that name, kids - Kimika Hara - because it may just inspire you, like it inspired me, to look a little differently at the craft of embroidery (and maybe even try your hand with a needle and thread).
Kimika Hara is a bit of an internet mystery (which leaves me no choice but to make up a fantastical backstory about her that involves no fewer than three mythical creatures). Using simple stitches, a few appliqués, the occasional sequin, and her enviable imagination, Kimika Hara creates works of magic that whisk you away to places even your dreams haven't been. Places where life happens in technicolor and even the mundane is thrilling. This, my friends, is how you take embroidery from old-fashioned to out-of-this-world.
All images via Kimika Hara