Browsing Flickr just for fun the other day, I came across a couple of pieces by Ana Raimundo of Fric de Mentol that combine screenprinting and embroidery in such a lovely and delicate way, I immediately contacted her to learn more about them. Lucky for us, Ana was kind enough to tell us about them in her own words.
The 'Wish Tree' [above] is hand screen printed and hand embroidered, it belongs to a collection of drawings with silhouettes of trees. It's a continuous work I've been doing, searching for tree bodies, capturing their shapes, organic elegance and their mystery (or at least I think trees keep secrets), that could dress the tiny details made with thread and needle.
This tree was specially created to welcome the new year, with many branches and a very round top, waiting for all the fruits and for the journey of the year. The embroidery details are like tiny twigs.
The 'Cherry Tree' is also a mixed media artwork, it is screen printed on linen and mixed with cotton thread details and little red French Knots, representing the luminous cherry. The colors are carefully chosen to best represent the real colors of these trees.I am just so smitten with Ana's work - I've been returning to her websites over and over this week to admire it. You definitely have to check out her blog, Dropes de Mentol, and her etsy shop and see how wonderfully she combines embroidery, screenprinting, and illustration.
It's inspired and made in a small Portuguese village - Rio de Mel - with a strong meaning for me, it's where my grandparents were from and I've known the place since I was born. The village has plenty of these yummy Cherry Trees however, unfortunately, the small village was devastated by a fire last summer and many trees were lost. Among my work which mostly consists of the representation of trees, I've been re-planting some little areas and as an artist is my mission to share and mix this feeling of telling to the public we need to live with trees. I really care if the next generations will know what a tree looks like.