art | emily barletta

i'm always very interested when an artist is able to take a traditional craft or artform - one that has been stereotyped for centuries - and present it or reconfigure it into a new and contemporary format. you may have heard me wax poetic about watercolourists such as cate parr (silver ridge studio) and jess durrant who take a antique medium and breathe life into it through fashion stills and city skylines.

emily barletta lends the same air of modernity to her embroidered works on paper. she creates intricate abstracts using repetitive lines and organic shapes. 

lucky johnson is another artist who has reinvented the way in which we view embroidery (in her 365 days project), but she still uses the classic hoop stitching whereas barletta has removed her craftcompletely  from it's traditional context.

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