Tree Embroidery: A New Form of Embroidery Created By Incredible Artist, Diana Yevtukh
Embroidery has been around for a very long time. The technique dates back to the 5th century BC. Yet, only recently has it become more prominent in the art world.
Embroidery was originally a housewife’s tool
Up until 1798 when embroidery was first seen as a form of art, it was regarded as a mere craft for women. The craft was seen as a domestic tool for decoration that required very little intellectual prowess. This was as opposed to the professional artworks that not only had a commercial value but also needed intellect to be done.
Regardless, this incredible technique has been reinvented into a significant force in the contemporary art scene today. 
This artist brings an entirely new meaning to embroidery
Generally, embroidery involves a needle and a thread. By definition, it is “the art of applying decorative designs onto fabric using a needle”. These designs are not only achieved by thread color or pattern, the type of stitch used also plays a huge role. 
Ukrainian textile artist Diana Yevtukh goes beyond that definition. She still embroiders, but instead of onto fabric, she uses an entirely different canvas: real trees. Yevtukh can blend her work so well into these trees that you’d have a hard time guessing they were not originally there. For all the pieces of thread hanging loose — perhaps on purpose — it seems as if no piece is out of place.
What better muse is there than nature?
What others might see old and dying trees with scars and empty spaces, Yevtukh sees as the perfect canvas. She wants to fill those pieces and somehow bring these trees back to life. “I felt strongly that this gap on the trunk has to be filled with something,” she said.
Yevtukh’s work on the trees is filled with colors that create a sharp contrast to the relatively dark tree bark. She carefully stitches floral patterns or human features into the spaces of all trees and makes every inch of it appear to flow out of the tree and back into it. Yevtukh believes it is a way of ‘healing’ the scarred trees.
“This embroidery is a call to treat the living with love, and not cruelty, to heal the wounds and cease the violence,” she said. 
This is rooted in her belief that for the fact that humans are part of nature, we thus must ‘heal wounds’ and stop the violence around us.
Yevtukh’s work does not belong to any single category
It is quite the herculean task to even attempt to categorize her work. She draws inspiration from all around her and combines various materials to make her pieces.
“What I do as an artist is that I look at the world around me, at the materials, techniques, and technologies, and I spot an empty space and a combination of materials to ignite my imagination. This is astonishingly fun combining wood, embroidery, sculpture, concrete, and stone to create cohesive beautiful looks,” she said. 
Some of her best work includes an eye within a tree hollow, a human heart with incredible detail also placed in a hand-shaped tree hollow, and a floral pattern with beautiful designs within the tree.
Her attention to detail can only be described as incredible. The eye is particularly impressive as you can’t help but wonder how she got it to have such an intense look. Her work is admired by many and she has over 50,000 Instagram followers.
More from Yevtukh
Other than the pieces within the trees, Yevtukh also creates fluid paintings on small round barges. For these, she draws inspiration from the natural landscapes around her. She paints them delicately and takes a photo of the finished work held against the very landscape that inspired it.
Other artists who have redefined the concept of embroidery
Aside from Yevtukh, there are a few other embroidery artists who have put a modern twist to the art form. They have succeeded in putting a contemporary twist to the usual ‘needle and thread’ pieces to create masterpieces.
Here are 5 of them
This Danish-Irish artist combines embroidery and collage to create new images on classical magazine pages. She hand-stitches directly onto the magazines to enhance the photos and their meanings.
This artist uses embroidery as a medium to ‘discuss’ the issue of recycling. In an interview with Textile Artist.org, she said she uses “recycled and reclaimed materials as a response to the throwaway culture of consumerism.” Her work is a mix of fine art and craft, and with the message behind it, she is a force to be reckoned with and a brilliant artist at that. 
3.Ana Teresa Barboza
This artist doesn’t believe in “coloring within the lines”. In her case, she uses hoops, however, her work is free to spill out of the loop like the wild untamed landscapes that have the semblance of the said work.
There’s a fine line between the light breezy world of fabrics and the hard surface of different metals such as cars, buckets, and utensils. This Lithuanian artist has found a way to cross this line while keeping a grasp on the other side. That said, she’s able to create truly timeless masterpieces.
A glance at her work and you see just how delicate they appear. Woulnough uses a style of embroidery which results in delicate skeletons that look like leaves, shells, and other natural items. 
Ultimately, these artists have completely redefined this ancient art form. They have given it a contemporary feel and have re-created an entire “scene” or “niche” for it in the art community.
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