What is it about millennials and their houseplants? If they aren’t musing about succulents they’re likely pouring over plant illustrations on Instagram. With more than 500k followers on Instagram, New Hampshire-based fiber artist Sarah K. Benning clearly caters to the millennial aesthetic.
Inspired by interior design trends, a love for Midcentury design, antique textiles, and her own potted plant collection, Benning creates intricate embroideries that focus on houseplants and the way they compliment our lives.
Each of her pieces begins as a drawing before being meticulously hand-stitched. In this way, the thread becomes more like ink or paint than traditional embroidery.
“Every piece takes a great deal of time,” wrote the artist on her website. “I remain purposefully ignorant of the exact hour count that goes into each embroidery, but it’s safe to say they all take many, many hours. I usually work on several pieces at once, shifting between them as I change colors or need a break. This way I don’t lose interest in what I am doing and have more time to make color and pattern decisions.”
Check out some of her embroidered pieces in the gallery below. Do you have a favorite?