By Luke Kenton
This ingenious artist combines embroidery, food and stop-motion to bring her stunningly intricate works to life.
Just as every good artist should draw from their influences, this Japanese visionary stitches them, using little more than a needle and thread to bring her minute designs to life – which vary from food, drinks and figures of popular culture.
Showcasing her works under the pseudonym ‘Ipnot’, the 31-year-old artist developed her unique style three years ago, after developing an affinity for both embroidery and art separately a few years before.
Deciding to combine the two, Ipnot’s ‘coin-sized’ creations can take anything from 12 hours to two days to complete, but the full-time artist insists her pain-staking labour ‘never feels like work’.
Ipnot said: “I started doing embroidery about five years ago.
“I was drawn to it because my grandmother used to do embroidery and made it look very relaxing – so I tried it and really enjoyed it myself.
“Since then, I’ve been starting my own projects and its never felt like work at all.
“As in the art of pointillism, I use my needle like a
paint brush, stitching one needle at a time.
“I’ve chosen the French knot stitch to represent my stitching style, it’s a lot of fun to do and my favourite one.
“I’ve now starting using stop-motion animation to add a new dimension to my embroidery.
“I’m so excited to see what the future holds.”
To see more of Ipnot’s work, please visit: https://www.instagram.com/p/BWu4j4vjWsr/?taken-by=ipnot