Illustrator and craftswoman Katie Menzies fell in love with embroidery, treating this traditional form of crafting as a way of bringing to life her 2D illustrations. “There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing my drawings come to life,” said Menzies in an interview with Inky Goodness, “especially when using such a distinctive art-form, while also exploring how it can express a message or visual idea. It’s amazing to take ownership of what is traditionally an under-appreciated art-form, and one often considered ‘woman’s work’.”
Born in London, and having moved to Barcelona to complete her master’s in illustration, Menzies currently works together with Abel Reverter, as part of the creative duo known as Cabeza Patata. “I like to find a meaning behind each project and use different techniques and styles to achieve a unique outcome for each of my works,” she writes on her website.
Through embroidery, she discovered the pleasure of committing to a piece of artwork, which requires a great deal of patience. “Embroidery is very analog in our digital world so my tools are the same as those used for centuries,” she writes. “It’s a simple, everyday thing and anyone can have a go!”
Here are some highlights from her Instagram page: