Cross-stitching is not just for grandmothers—Madrid artist Raquel Rodrigo of Arquicostura is taking the decorative embroidery to the next level with gorgeous floral patterns that blanket forgotten urban spaces with blooms. Unlike traditional cross-stitching, Rodrigo’s artworks are large scale and make use of fencing materials and thick rope. Despite the difference in size, Rodrigo’s exquisite floral patterns still capture cross-stitching’s beloved pixelated texture.
Rodrigo brings her cross-stitching skills to the streets of Spain, from cities like Madrid to Valencia. She begins each artwork with the installation of a nearly transparent wire mesh in front of a building facade. The wire mesh serves as the base for the colored rope. Rodrigo is most well known for her macro embroidery of traditional red roses.
Up close, the cross-stitch artwork is a patchwork of colorful ‘X’-shaped ties that only show its true shape when viewed at a distance. Her roses, for instance, are created with various shades of reds and greens for a sense of depth and realism. Rodrigo has also created large-scale cross-stitch street art featuring other flowers such as cherry blossoms and hibiscus flowers.
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Images via Arquicostura