handmade aerial embroidery, inspired by uk landscapes
Do you have fond memories of visiting the countryside as a child? A nostalgia for those simpler, rose-tinted memories? These are the feelings I focus on recreating in my aerial embroidery landscapes…
I am Victoria Rose Richards; I’m 25 and a biology graduate and embroidery artist from South West Devon, UK. After going through a lot of low patches in recent years, I figured a big contributor to them was boredom and decided to get a new hobby; I saw some embroidered landscapes online, got out my grandmother’s old tin and pulled out some greens and blues to have my first try… and then I never stopped! I now create handmade art as my full time profession and it brings me great happiness and peace.
In living in the countryside in a place of natural beauty, I am surrounded by inspiration for my pieces in the endless fields and meadows, lush forests, winding rivers and reaching moorland. I’ve always had an interest for aerial landscapes and use a combination of stitches on felt sheets to recreate them based on the Devon countryside. I particularly enjoy recreating the fields – I love the shapes they naturally form and are made to form by agriculture, seemingly perfectly fitted together yet forced. How many people have fond memories of visiting the countryside as a child? In these idealized scenes I try to express a nostalgia that is both comforting and bittersweet, bringing back rose-tinted memories of simpler days past.
JULY 2022: I’m very proud to announce the publication of my first scientific paper! It began as my third-year university dissertation which I handed off to my supervising professor to continue, hence me being the second of the two authors: ‘A meta-analysis of the effect of organic and mineral fertilizers on soil microbial diversity’. The link is below. Enjoy!
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