Thursday, March 30, 2017

EMBROIDERY | Introduction to Embroidery Artist Claudia Jäggi

"Root 2" (2017) Embroidery work by Claudia Jäggi
needle felting, hand embroidery, art clay and mixed media

I would like to continue sharing about the work of other designers and artists here on the blog, and I'll start today with a fellow Swiss embroidery artist called Claudia Jäggi.
I was introduced to the Swiss Hand Embroiderers' Guild Facebook group - which is run by Claudia, by a lovely follower on Instagram at the end of 2016. Let's discover Claudia's work 🎶

>> Claudia Jäggi (born in 1975) is a mainly self-taught hand-embroidery artist with a family background in textile arts, specializing in the translation of traditional techniques into contemporary fiber art.
Her signature pieces are richly colored and highly textured mixed media collages, surrealistic stitches on photo transfers and embroidered wood sculptures.
In January 2015, she founded the Swiss Hand Embroiderers' Guild to bring hand-embroidery (back) into the focus of the Nation's cultural interest.
Claudia Jäggi lives and works in Winterthur, Switzerland. <<

"Your anger is growing" (2015)
hand-embroidery on fabric photo transfer

Q. Claudia, what brought you to embroidery?

I have always loved stitching. Transforming traditional techniques into contemporary fiber art and adding further media, my work can perhaps be described as mixed media embroidery art. 

Mostly, I work on a small scale. Tiny, delicate stitches give the piece structure and density. Telling a big story on a small screen is what interests me. Furthermore, I want the viewer to literally be close to my art.
fish eye iron-on patch by Claudia Jäggi

As we all are, I am influenced by many things. But there are three main sources of inspiration for me:
  • I grew up in the Alpine mountains, and although I have moved to a more urban area of Switzerland in my twenties, I still live at the edge of the woods where I often take long strolls with my kids, exploring flora and fauna. Thus, nature is my great model for color, pattern and texture.
  • Since my teenage years, I am an admirer of the surrealists. Intrigued by images of the subconscious, I believe in the importance of dreams and visions. Being human includes all shades of longings, drives and feelings, dark and light.
  • Another important source is my longing to tell stories. As I am also a writer, I love to combine stitched illustrations with words. 
linen ornament with hand stitched pixelated hibiscus flower by Claudia Jäggi

Where can you find Claudia's work? 

✩ Website Facebook Instagram 

You can buy Claudia's art in her online shop or in her online galleryThis is the art that Claudia sells online, in galleries and during exhibitions.

Claudia's work is also available on two other platforms under her business name: Weissfeder Hand Embroidery (all products are solely designed & made by Claudia). This is the craft that she sells online and at markets.

Thank you so much Claudia for allowing me to share your work on the blog!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

NEW Upcoming Exhibition in Tokyo!

 My first exhibition at Gallery Palette in Tokyo
May 2015

Friends near and far, I have a big news to share today!

I have been working on it since last year and I am proud to announce that I will hold my 4th exhibition in Tokyo in June 2017, at Gallery Palette. It was a promise I made when I left Japan that I would work hard to visit again in Spring! A promise is a promise 😘

I have chosen to work on the theme of Morocco, a country that has inspired me over the years with its extensive variety of flowers, fauna and flora, colors, traditions, architecture, food and more...
It will allow me to develop new designs using vibrant colors and I am excited to work on birds, butterflies, exotic flowers and cactus, leaves and fruits. 
I may even tackle a series involving the stunning architecture!

Here below is my mood board for this exhibition, does it inspire you as well?

I will start working on samples now, and decide on which workshops to teach 😄

Save the date:

June 14 - 17, 2017
at Gallery Palette
in Tokyo, Japan

My travel dates are June 8 - 20, 2017
I hope to have ample time to get some shopping done and catch up with all my friends ❤️

With LOVE,

Sunday, March 12, 2017

 SAKURA embroidered hoop art - March 2017

Spring is arriving and I am ready to welcome my favorite season with arms & heart wide open! I haven't been in Europe at this time of the year in the past 12 years, so you can imagine my excitement... 

Nevertheless I have fond memories of Spring in Japan with the beautiful cherry blossom ('sakura' in Japanese) and  I wanted to celebrate it with a capsule collection that includes brooches, earrings and my first embroidered hoop art to hang on the wall.

I have to thank my friend and customer Emmanuelle Bodin who runs the Academie Tokyo-Paris for suggesting me to develop a line of cherry blossom accessories♡

🌸🌸  These pieces will only be available in my online shop until April 30, 2017 🌸🌸

Go to the shop now!
Click HERE