I don't really know how to explain it, but when we move, we are in a way de-structured by our movement toward something: we are both here and at the same time not here because we're already in the process of going elsewhere. To stop de-structuring yourself, you have to stop moving altogether. Either you move and you're no longer whole, or you're whole and you can't move. And it's sooooo magical , being completely present at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. ❤️ #sewwanderlust
Have you ever wondered where imaginative sewists, embroiderers, and other textile artists find inspiration? Truly, there are some remarkable contemporary embroidery artists out there. Teresa Lim, an embroiderer, illustrator, and pattern designer is one of those artistic individuals you'll find yourself asking where her inspiration comes from.
In her series, Sew Wanderlust you won't "wander" too long to see where her ideas begin.
Staying in the country side is absolutely wonderful. My grandparents house is just next to a laaaarge cornfield and it's beautiful!! All these vast land, colors, wild flowers and skies. It's also so quiet and peaceful with only birds chirping and bees buzzing. Also, Oma made me bring a can of pepper spray in case anything happened haha. But in this huge plot of land, I think I was the only soul present embroidering, except for the cows nearby minding their own business. #sewwanderlust
On her blog, Teeteeheehee, Teresa says this about her latest stitched inspired endeavor, "On-going collection of embroidered landscapes, documented on-site while exploring the world."
Spent the day in Pisa today! I've always wanted to see this leaning tower so seeing it today was so surreal!! 😍 seeing it in real life is SO DIFFERENT from pictures I promise . Climbing the tower itself was so strange too!! Once you enter it, you'll feel like you've lost your balance, even when climbing up the stairs up the tower, at certain parts you feel like you're moving towards the walls, walking like you're kinda drunk 😂Quite an interesting experience! By the time I decided to sit down to stitch, daylight was already running out and it was starting to get cold again (by cold, it's 0 to -5 without sun) So I had to do a really really quick version of Pisa, at least to capture this moment and remember what its like to see the sun set on the leaning tower. ✨#sewwanderlust
Anyone can agree that when exploring the world, documenting your travels is a natural thing to do. However, Teresa isn't snapping a worldly landscape or monument with her smartphone — she's stitching it. The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, she embroidered it on a hoop. The Colosseum in Rome? She embroidered that too. The list of famed locations and landmarks goes on and on.
Ciao Firenze! And omg this place is an absolute beauty!!! Here I made friends with a guy from Nigeria selling selfie sticks, he tells me his mother works in a lace factory and we talked while i embroidered. He thanked me for the conversation and goes back to selling selfie sticks to tourists who ignore him. This is for you, I wish you happiness. :) #sewwanderlust
Every place from Singapore to Amsterdam she came, she saw, she stitched. On her Instagram, Teresa says about her creative journey, "I tell stories with thread." That she does.
I have a part of the Great Wall with me now 😬😬✨ This piece was the most challenging so far, there was zero cloud cover so the sun was directly on me as I worked. I was wearing 3 layers because the previous day was so cold. 😭😂 Nonetheless, how often do you get to work whilst looking out at one of the seven wonders of the world. 😍✨ #teeteeheeheexSQ #sewwanderlust
If you think her solely stitching a picture of her current location is impressive she's gotten so good that she's (literally) photoshopping herself into scenes that she's stitched. For instance, Teresa lounging in a beachside tent or floating in a sea of thread located in the Maldives.
Venice is magical. I promise you!! (Just don't wear white pants) also, at this spot where I was embroidering, there was a group of four middle aged women sketching the exact same scene too. And in such cases where we can't understand each other's language, art becomes our common language. ❤️such a nice feeling!! ❤️#sewwanderlust
It's fun to note that all of her posts are cleverly tagged with the hashtag, #MySewcialMedia.
For sure, you'll want to follow Teresa on Instagram not only for laughs (you'll be in stitches) but to fuel your own creativity too. Just follow the hashtag, #MySewcialMedia.
Want to practice your embroidery? Start with an easy project. Watch how to personalize a set of dinner napkins: