I've been on a major cross-stitch binge lately. I'm working on a top-secret Christmas present for someone who reads my blog (so I won't say anything further) and have a few smaller pieces in my queue for the baby's room. I am a major puzzler - give me a 5,000 piece puzzle, a mug of peppermint tea and leave me alone for hours. I find cross-stitch comes from the same vein since you work one color and it looks like nothing, then add in another and you start to see shapes taking place, add in a few more and before you know it you have a beautiful piece that comes together in the end like magic. I came across this article recently about cross-stitch as street art in Spain by artist Raquel Rodrigo. I'd love one of these climbing across the front of my house! Original article found here.
We’d like to introduce you to Raquel Rodrigo, a Spanish artist and set designer who is also adding her own colorful touch to Spain’s streets by turning them into beautiful floral cross-stitch installations.
The Valencia-born artist makes her pieces by wrapping thick rolls of string around wire mesh. She prepares them in advance and then unrolls them at her chosen location to bring a dash of color and creativity to the surrounding area. As cross-stitch patterns are generally found on things inside the home, her public installations create an eye-catching contrast to the urban landscapes in which they exist.
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