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Painting with thread: the outstanding embroidery art of Miriam Shimamura

Coquitlam, Canada-based artist Miriam Shimamura literally paints with thread. Her embroidery hoop art accurately depicts natural landscapes, animals, and people portraits, besides colorful abstract pictures.

I became deeply inspired by embroidery in about 2016, after seeing a masterfully made impressionistic westcoast ocean scene made by a local artist. I started slowly, experimenting with different styles and thread, doing nature scenery, until I ended up doing single strand full thread paintings after about two years. People, animals, and nature are where my heart speaks easily from, where I get most of my inspiration from, so when it comes to commission work, those are the ones I take.

Miriam Shimamura via San Francisco School of Needlework and Design

I really like impressionism and the magic of minimalism telling a grand story. Yet my embroidery style evolved into fine detail with a single thread. So I allow that and try to incorporate impressionism and minimalism into my designs. There is really so much to talk about in the process of evolving and refining a style that I feel I could go on forever. My key ingredients so to speak, are movement, colour combining, and perspective, in order to invoke in the viewer the emotions that would get them to tell their interpretation of the story I am presenting.

Miriam Shimamura via Visionary Art Collective

More info: Instagram (h/t: Drawing the Soul).

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