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Varied patches of color and structured stitches characterize expressive embroidered portraits

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#Embroidery
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March 5, 2021

Grace Ebert

All images © Brenda Risquez, shared with permission

Brenda Risquez is aware of her use of texture, density, and color in her boldly embroidered portraits, inspired by friends and icons of pop culture. Different spots from long rows of single stitches and rounded tufts are depicted on the faces of the test subjects, many of which show the textile artist’s affinity for pronounced, monochromatic cheeks. Her hoop-bound portraits are expressive and littered with playful elements, such as a pine bordered in pink or highlights in bright, geometric shapes.

Textiles have played an outsized role in Risquez’s creative journey – she has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Granada and Textile Art from the Granada School of Art – although she has only started embroidery in the last five years. She currently teaches at Granada workshop and explores a variety of techniques that include fabric painting and pattern making. Here you can find recordings of work in progress, as well as information on assignments and other ways to buy your dynamic pieces Instagram.

#Embroidery
# Fiber art
#portraits
#Thread

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