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ECO ART: Vintage Needlework Upcycled as Trophy Art

Posted By Moe Beitiks On February 6, 2010 @ 9:00 am In Art | No Comments

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Saddened by the sight of abandoned needlework, a family of designers at Frederique Morrel [1] have made upcycling  [2]tapestry their main passion. From old piles of handmade drapes, to forgotten pillows, to intricately woven knick-knaks leftover from the neigbor’s rummage sale, these designers are rescuing [3] embroidery from oblivion by transforming passed over pieces into new beautifully crafted foot-stools, couches, and stunning woodland creatures.

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One of the most striking series are that of the trophy heads entitled “Passe Murailles.” The colorful [4] animals in this set are not made from actual creatures, but from foam-filled polyurethane. The designers cover the life-like molds with vintage embroidery and top them with real antlers. Each work is a celebration of color and the whimsical craft of embroidery, offering a sense of nostalgia from a skill that has since  gone to the cultural wayside.

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The designers’ love of embroidery is also clear in their elaborate family portrait [1], a collage of color with a nod to old-school pixelation. And for yet more whimsy, visitors can turn to Morrel’s site for an amusing slideshow of the designers’ attempt to embroider their own dog, Maggie [1], where we see that perhaps upcycling is more about appropriate use — trophy heads yes, dog costumes maybe not… Sustainability, we guess, is as much about trial and error as anything else!

+ Frederique Morrel [1]

via designboom [5]


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[1] Frederique Morrel: http://www.frederiquemorrel.com/main.html

[2] upcycling : http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/31/7-wacky-upcycled-circuit-board-accessories-including-a-pair-of-undies/

[3] rescuing: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/10/30/shipping-container-health-clinics-for-developing-countires/

[4] colorful: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/04/office-for-urban-development-and-environment-by-sauerbruch-hutton/

[5] via designboom: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/8/view/8894/frederique-morrel-needlework-sculptures.html

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