Embroidered art is a great way to showcase your art, and create stunning and unique portraits. Yoon Ji Seon uses her embroideries to create gorgeous self-portraits.
Hello everyone! I’ve been spending a lot of time working on embroideries lately for a class project and for a personal project, and so I kind of have embroidery on the brain. I actually dream about it now. I love looking at different embroidery artists online and I’m always inspired by their work, even if it’s not my style, color scheme, or subject matter. And that’s where today’s post comes in! I ran across Rag Face one day and I just love Yoon Ji Seon’s work! I don’t create self-portraits, but I love this art. So, let’s look at some of her gorgeous works of embroidered art!
Embroidery artist Yoon Ji Seon uses a unique form of thread painting when she creates her hand embroidery art. She leaves a lot of threads out on the front of the fabric, and uses the hanging threads to add another dimension to her pieces. Sometimes they just hang, tiny thin threads dripping from the rest of the piece, and other times she twists them together and tacks them down onto the fabric. It’s pretty unique, and I love how it changes the look of the embroideries. Since you don’t normally see embroidery thread hanging on the front side, it’s very different. It changes the way people see the hanging threads.
I am just blown away at the hair on this one! It’s so big and bold. This hair would totally fit in anywhere in Texas! I love the texture Seon added within the stitches on the hair, and how some of it hangs free, while some stitches are completely tacked down. There are some very thin threads hanging from the face as well, and can I take a moment to talk about how I love the way she does her faces? The mix of colors she uses are awesome, and the design itself is pretty great. There are dark tones, pink tones, light tones, and the different colors of embroidery floss all swirl and mesh to create the shadow and light found within a face. Very cool!
Blue hair, don’t care! This one is just fun. There is so much blue on this piece, and the color is so bold. Plus, it has all the hanging threads like the rest of her embroidered artwork, but this time it’s a mix of the flesh tones of the face and the blue of the hair. I love the addition of the hanging hair threads. They make the hair look more real to me, messier and like normal hair. I’m about 99% sure my hair is all over the place at the moment, with little tendrils everywhere. So to see that within an embroidery art piece like this one is pretty fantastic. I love tiny elements like that within a piece of art that take it from a good piece to a great one.
I was just drawn to this piece, and I’m not sure what exactly has me hooked. I love the way the hair is done on this one, with the tendrils of hanging threads going everywhere within the swoop of the hairstyle. The face is much darker than her normal ones. I wonder what was going on at the time for her to add all the extra dark colors, the blue, green, and purple tones. This piece feels sad to me, and yet still so beautiful. I appreciate when people showcase their sadness, their hardships, in art. It’s not the sadness itself that makes it beautiful to me, but the fact she chose to show it. I don’t know if that’s even a reason behind this piece, or if she just felt like using darker tones that day. But, I love it all the same.
This one is just so stunning. I love how bold and bright the blue of the hair is, and the added ribbon banner is just so gorgeous. I like the way the hanging threads are coming off of the face, sweep up to meet together in one point and then are braided together. It creates a beautiful symmetry with the braided hair on the right, and honestly I just love the way it looks. The ribbon that swirls around adds a lot of movement to this piece, and that’s why it’s my favorite!
This last piece I picked because it is so dark. The face is bright, pale, and almost looks ghost-like. I also love the colors that are within the hanging threads. Normally the threads are close in shade and color to the face or hair, and this one has a lot of teal and green, which is not found within the face at all. I totally love it. It makes this piece stand out from the rest of Seon’s embroideries. Such a gorgeous piece of embroidery artwork!
There you have it, folks! Which of Yoon Ji Seon’s self-portrait embroideries is your favorite? For me, it’s the one with the ribbon, but let me know which is your favorite in the comments below, and don’t forget to share this post with your crafty friends and family. As always, stay creative, my friends!
**All images c/o Yoon Ji Seon