Artist Ulla Stina Wikander has been using cross-stitch embroidery to breathe new life to the ordinary, retro household things. She covers domestic objects, such as irons, blow-dryers, lamps, chairs, books etc., with intricately embroidered pieces of textile, and turns them into beautiful decor pieces.
Sweden-based painter and sculptor, Wikander came about cross-stitch embroidery some 15 years ago and was very fascinated with the lovely textile art. She then started visiting vintage stores and flea markets in order to collect cross-stitch embroidery.
She initially covered a mirror frame and a chair at home and they both turned out to be beautiful. Then she experimented with her broken vacuum cleaner and turned it into a stunning piece of art.
Dressed in meticulous stitching of flowers, animals, and rustic scenes, the domestic items are uplifted from their earlier functional life but they still remain recognizable in the form, giving pleasure to the eye.
The transformation of obsolete objects into contemporary sculptures with this new context piqued her interest. However, not all of the objects that the artist transforms are useless, they are all outdated. She has been blending a mild sense of humor, surprise, and feminist aspects along with the recycling purpose in her creations.
Exploring humor, socially critical themes of feminism, and upcycling, she is exhibiting her ‘Obsolescence’ collection at Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Philadelphia, from October 25 to November 23 this year.