Tufted art by Simone Saunders

For months now, I’ve been following the incredible work of Canadian artist Simone Saunders. Describing herself as “a mixed-race woman of Jamaican and European descent,” she creates large-scale textile art that she calls “painting with thread” resulting in hand-tufted portraits that are beaming with color and texture. “Textiles engage upon a search for belonging,” she writes, “studying the Black female body, personal identities, and a connection to Black history.”

Make sure you’re following her on Instagram to see what she’s working on next.

PS: I first featured Simone’s work in a recent issue of my embroidery newsletter. Get textile artists and embroidery pattern recommendations when you subscribe.

Tufted art by Simone Saunders

Tufted art by Simone Saunders

Tufted art by Simone Saunders

Tufted art by Simone Saunders

Tufted art by Simone Saunders

Tufted art by Simone Saunders

Tufted art by Simone Saunders

Tufted art by Simone Saunders

Tufted art by Simone Saunders

Tufted art by Simone Saunders

Tufted art by Simone Saunders

Tufted art by Simone Saunders

Tufted art by Simone Saunders

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