All it takes is a needle and thread to create something unexpectedly beautiful. Self-taught artist Rachel Crisp uses her embroidery practice (Sons of blue sun) to make discoveries about ancient creatures that roamed the Earth thousands of years ago. Each of her embroidery hoops features a pristine dinosaur fossil nestled in a mossy landscape.
Based in North Carolina, Crisp finds ideas for her one-of-a-kind pieces by examining her own surroundings. “I’m primarily inspired by the beauty of the natural world, so I like to include natural textures in my pieces to bring the outdoors inside,” Crisp tells My Modern Met. Using different knots and stitching techniques, she is able to render fuzzy moss, leafy grass, and even small flowers sprouting through the many green plants.
Crisp uses these verdant landscapes as the backdrop for a variety of dinosaur fossils. It highlights and softens the striking appearance of large white skulls. “Animal bones and fossils are something I’ve always been interested in, so it just felt right to draw inspiration from them,” she continues. “A lot of the time, I like to imagine each piece I make as its own little miniature world, whether it’s relaxing by the ocean, walking in the forest, or gazing up at the clouds.”
Artist Rachel Crisp (aka Blue Sun Threads) creates exquisite embroidery art from ancient dinosaur fossils.
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