Vintage cross stitch patterns conceal common household items in Ulla-Stina Wikander’s sculptures

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#cross stitch #needles #textiles #tools

July 27, 2021

Grace Ebert

All images © Ulla-Stina Wikander, shared with permission

Pastoral landscapes and calm domestic scenes sewn into vintage textiles envelop Ulla-Stina Wikander’s needle sculptures. Using rotary phones, kitchen appliances, or an old gramophone as a base, Wikander (formerly) molds the cross stitch work around the chosen object, covering it with a colored blanket and texture while preserving its original shape. Multiple facets of domestic life intersect in the revitalized rooms, which bring together the centuries-old craftsmanship traditionally associated with home decor and objects commonly found in kitchens and garages in reinterpreted forms.

Dividing her time between Stockholm and Kullavik, Wikander shares that she started working with more elaborate sports equipment and tools, which you can see on Instagram. You can browse his works available at the Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia and see his works in person through August 6 at the Jane Lombard Gallery in New York and the M Contemporary Gallery in Sydney in the coming months.

#cross stitch #needles #textiles #tools

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