Based in the rural village of Upper Moutere, New Zealand, and surrounded by vineyards, orchards, and country gardens it comes as no surprise that Fleur Woods’s art is inspired by nature.
Her detailed stitched paintings are created using fabric, gouache, and ultimately embroidery. “Stitched Paintings is the term I use to describe my style of work,” she writes on her website. “The process flows like this: I paint blank pieces of linen in abstract washes then add botanical, illustrative details in with acrylic paint or gouache or ink, finally I add texture through stitch.”
Partly trained and partly self-taught, Woods has learnt her craft through trial and error. “Coming to stitch as a mixed media artist I have taught myself a variety of embroidery techniques which probably don’t follow traditional embroidery guides but work for the kind of mark making I enjoy creating,” she writes.
“Stitch for me has become a bit of an obsession which marries my love of detail, color, texture, and allows hours of quiet reflection and Netflix binge watching,” she concludes. Sounds ideal to us!
Take a closer look.