Starting with vintage photography and illustrations of sporting fashion models from the 1950s, the Amsterdam-based artist Hinke Schreuders applies a rich layer of hand-stitched embroidery, beading, lace, and flourishes of ink to entirely new images that can be both unsettling and exuberant. The pieces seen here are part of an ongoing series called “Works on Paper”, started in 2008. Schreuders says she seeks to “subtly confuse notions of feminine vulnerability and reinforce the position of embroidery as an artistic medium.” Something I think we can all agree she has done masterfully.
Schreuders recently exhibited at Robert Mann gallery “The Embroiderederd Image” which brought together almost a dozen artists currently working at the interesection of photography and embroidery or textiles. She’ll have more work on view in Amsterdam next month at both “We Like Art and Amsterdam Drawing 2014”.