Happy Houses: Embroidered Pictures Brighten History



floating away embroidered house

Combining vintage photographs with colorful thread, Netherlands-based design studio Happy Red Fish turns out mixed media art pieces in a series called “Lonely Houses.”

climbing

float

 

Artist Hagar Vardimon-Van Heummen finds old photos of houses in books, cuts them out, and adds a rather happy element to the often-gloomy images.

all these words

on the shore

Using colorful embroidery thread, the artist stitches shapes and patterns right onto the pictures. Some cover the entire original picture; others add unexpected shocks of color around and atop the homes.

tower

dripping

One of the loveliest parts of Vardimon-Van Heummen’s creations is the way the thread can extend the homes’ spatial scope or make them appear to be in the midst of floating away.

forward

roots and clouds

The combined materials are a bit outside of the norm, adding a layer of personality and contemporary charm to the pictures that were previously only static images of the past.

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