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The Ingenuity and Beauty of Creative Parchment Repair in Medieval Books

The Ingenuity and Beauty of Creative Parchment Repair in Medieval Books parchment medieval embroidery books
Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek, Msc.Nat.1 (9th century)

The Ingenuity and Beauty of Creative Parchment Repair in Medieval Books parchment medieval embroidery books
Books repaired with silk thread. Uppsala, University Library, Shelfmark unknown (14th century)

The Ingenuity and Beauty of Creative Parchment Repair in Medieval Books parchment medieval embroidery books
Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek, Msc.Patr.41, fol. 69r.

The Ingenuity and Beauty of Creative Parchment Repair in Medieval Books parchment medieval embroidery books
Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek, Msc.Patr.41, fol. 69r. Detail.

The Ingenuity and Beauty of Creative Parchment Repair in Medieval Books parchment medieval embroidery books
Engelberg, Stiftsbibliothek, MS 16, 12th century

The Ingenuity and Beauty of Creative Parchment Repair in Medieval Books parchment medieval embroidery books
Freiburg, Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek, MS L 34, 14th century

Another day, another collection of fascinating discoveries from medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel who previously introduced the internet to his observations on the history of doodles, color theory, and rare forms of bookbinding. Kwakkel has also been investigating how bookmakers found creative solutions around damaged parchment—thin membranes of cow and sheepskin used for printing books between the fifth and thirteenth centuries before the rise of paper. Parchment was extremely delicate and costly to manufacture well, so imperfections from animal hair follicles to small tears and texture anomalies were left for the poor scribes to contend with.

After witnessing their doodling artistry, it should come as no surprise that medieval scribes had a host of ideas to work around bad parchment, from webs of silk embroidery to cheeky illustrations, the blemishes were incorporated right into the physical texts. Although a different medium, the process is uncannily similar to the ancient Japanese process of repairing broken ceramics, Kintsugi, where fractures in pots or bowls are mended with precious metal, acknowledging the history of the imperfect object instead of discarding it.

You can learn much more about Kwakkel’s parchment discoveries in his article “The Skinny on Bad Parchment,” and in these two posts on Tumblr.

Meredith Woolnough’s Embroideries Mimic Delicate Forms of Nature

Meredith Woolnough’s Embroideries Mimic Delicate Forms of Nature nature embroidery

Meredith Woolnough’s Embroideries Mimic Delicate Forms of Nature nature embroidery

Meredith Woolnough’s Embroideries Mimic Delicate Forms of Nature nature embroidery

Meredith Woolnough’s Embroideries Mimic Delicate Forms of Nature nature embroidery

Meredith Woolnough’s Embroideries Mimic Delicate Forms of Nature nature embroidery

Meredith Woolnough’s Embroideries Mimic Delicate Forms of Nature nature embroidery

Meredith Woolnough’s Embroideries Mimic Delicate Forms of Nature nature embroidery

Meredith Woolnough’s Embroideries Mimic Delicate Forms of Nature nature embroidery

Meredith Woolnough’s Embroideries Mimic Delicate Forms of Nature nature embroidery

Meredith Woolnough’s Embroideries Mimic Delicate Forms of Nature nature embroidery

Meredith Woolnough’s Embroideries Mimic Delicate Forms of Nature nature embroidery

Australian artist Meredith Woolnough creates elaborate embroideries that mimic delicate forms of nature like leaves and coral. “I have been collecting skeletonized leaves for as long as I can remember,” says the artist, whose “traceries” capture the beauty and fragility of nature. Woolnough uses a special embroidery technique that involves a domestic sewing machine and a base cloth that dissolves in water after the piece is complete leaving just the skeleton. In a way, her process also mimics the natural process of leaves dying and drying up which, in turn, become the subject of her work.

You can follow Woolnough on Instagram or see more of her work on Facebook. She also had an exhibition earlier this year at the Milk Factory Gallery. (via My Modern Met, This Isn’t Happiness)

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Notebooks Adorned with Hand-embroidered Blood Vessels, Insects, and Geometric Patterns

Notebooks Adorned with Hand embroidered Blood Vessels, Insects, and Geometric Patterns notebooks embroidery anatomy

Notebooks Adorned with Hand embroidered Blood Vessels, Insects, and Geometric Patterns notebooks embroidery anatomy

Notebooks Adorned with Hand embroidered Blood Vessels, Insects, and Geometric Patterns notebooks embroidery anatomy

Notebooks Adorned with Hand embroidered Blood Vessels, Insects, and Geometric Patterns notebooks embroidery anatomy

Notebooks Adorned with Hand embroidered Blood Vessels, Insects, and Geometric Patterns notebooks embroidery anatomy

Notebooks Adorned with Hand embroidered Blood Vessels, Insects, and Geometric Patterns notebooks embroidery anatomy

Notebooks Adorned with Hand embroidered Blood Vessels, Insects, and Geometric Patterns notebooks embroidery anatomy

Athens-based Fabulous Cat Papers offers a wide range of hand-made notebooks with embroidered Japanese paper covers featuring anatomical, floral, and geometric designs, all stitched by hand. What you see here is just a peek, see much more here. (via Demilked, Lustik)

Hand Embroidered Eye Illustrations by Sam P. Gibson

Hand Embroidered Eye Illustrations by Sam P. Gibson illustration eyes embroidery

Hand Embroidered Eye Illustrations by Sam P. Gibson illustration eyes embroidery

Hand Embroidered Eye Illustrations by Sam P. Gibson illustration eyes embroidery

Hand Embroidered Eye Illustrations by Sam P. Gibson illustration eyes embroidery

Hand Embroidered Eye Illustrations by Sam P. Gibson illustration eyes embroidery

Hand Embroidered Eye Illustrations by Sam P. Gibson illustration eyes embroidery

Hand Embroidered Eye Illustrations by Sam P. Gibson illustration eyes embroidery

Embroidery artist and jeweler Sam P. Gibson creates a wide variety of hand-stitched illustrations from brains and skulls to lips and typography. Her most detailed works are these awesome stitched eyes, many more of which you can see over in this Flickr collection and in her online shop. (via Ghoul Next Door)

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Artist Hinke Schreuders Alters 1950s Advertising and Fashion Photography with Hand-Stitched Embroidery

Artist Hinke Schreuders Alters 1950s Advertising and Fashion Photography with Hand Stitched Embroidery mixed media fashion embroidery

Starting with vintage photography and illustrations of models sporting fashions from the 1950s, 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. With her work 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 most recently exhibited as part of a group show at Robert Mann gallery titled the 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. You can follow more of her work on Facebook.

Artist Hinke Schreuders Alters 1950s Advertising and Fashion Photography with Hand Stitched Embroidery mixed media fashion embroidery

Artist Hinke Schreuders Alters 1950s Advertising and Fashion Photography with Hand Stitched Embroidery mixed media fashion embroidery

Artist Hinke Schreuders Alters 1950s Advertising and Fashion Photography with Hand Stitched Embroidery mixed media fashion embroidery

Artist Hinke Schreuders Alters 1950s Advertising and Fashion Photography with Hand Stitched Embroidery mixed media fashion embroidery

Artist Hinke Schreuders Alters 1950s Advertising and Fashion Photography with Hand Stitched Embroidery mixed media fashion embroidery

Artist Hinke Schreuders Alters 1950s Advertising and Fashion Photography with Hand Stitched Embroidery mixed media fashion embroidery

Artist Hinke Schreuders Alters 1950s Advertising and Fashion Photography with Hand Stitched Embroidery mixed media fashion embroidery

Artist Hinke Schreuders Alters 1950s Advertising and Fashion Photography with Hand Stitched Embroidery mixed media fashion embroidery

Artist Hinke Schreuders Alters 1950s Advertising and Fashion Photography with Hand Stitched Embroidery mixed media fashion embroidery

(via Hyperallergic, Mister Finch)

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Tiny Embroidered Animals by Chloe Giordano

Tiny Embroidered Animals by Chloe Giordano illustration embroidery animals

Tiny Embroidered Animals by Chloe Giordano illustration embroidery animals

Tiny Embroidered Animals by Chloe Giordano illustration embroidery animals

Tiny Embroidered Animals by Chloe Giordano illustration embroidery animals

Tiny Embroidered Animals by Chloe Giordano illustration embroidery animals

Tiny Embroidered Animals by Chloe Giordano illustration embroidery animals

Tiny Embroidered Animals by Chloe Giordano illustration embroidery animals

Based in Oxford, England, illustrator Chloe Giordano creates delicate depictions of miniature animals rendered with freehand embroidery. The final works of a sleeping fawn or mouse are scarcely larger than the size of a thimble, yet can take long periods of time to complete as she mixes myriad thread colors to achieve perfection for each piece. Giordano also creates various 3D sculptures which you can see more of over on her Tumblr, and says that she is currently available for projects and comissions.

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Elaborate Textile ‘Collages’ of African Wildlife by Sophie Standing

Elaborate Textile Collages of African Wildlife by Sophie Standing textiles embroidery animals Africa

Elaborate Textile Collages of African Wildlife by Sophie Standing textiles embroidery animals Africa

Elaborate Textile Collages of African Wildlife by Sophie Standing textiles embroidery animals Africa

Elaborate Textile Collages of African Wildlife by Sophie Standing textiles embroidery animals Africa

Elaborate Textile Collages of African Wildlife by Sophie Standing textiles embroidery animals Africa

Elaborate Textile Collages of African Wildlife by Sophie Standing textiles embroidery animals Africa

Elaborate Textile Collages of African Wildlife by Sophie Standing textiles embroidery animals Africa

Elaborate Textile Collages of African Wildlife by Sophie Standing textiles embroidery animals Africa

Elaborate Textile Collages of African Wildlife by Sophie Standing textiles embroidery animals Africa

Elaborate Textile Collages of African Wildlife by Sophie Standing textiles embroidery animals Africa

With a background in woodwork, ceramics, weaving, dressmaking, and even stained glass windows, artist Sophie Standing consolidates her breadth of talent in these explosively colorful textile collages of animals and insects. Standing was born in England but now lives and works in Kenya where she seeks inspiration in African wildlife, namely some of the world’s most endangered species like elephants, lions, and rhinoceroses. To create each piece she first paints or sketches on fabric and then draws from a vast collection of decorative fabrics acquired from her travels around the world to create a dense patchwork of color and texture. The artwork is then finished with dense line work applied with a sewing machine.

Standing is currently available for commissions, and you can see more of her work closeup in her online gallery. (via Hi-Fructose)

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