Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Inspiring Artists | Kimika Hara

With my wedding coming up in the summer, the plans are now in full swing. We are heading very much down the DIY route which has meant looking all over for inspiration to get the creative juices flowing. This journey of searching for ideas has lead me to the work of Kimika Hara.

Kimika was born in Japan in 1984. She uses a mixture of media to bring her work to life. Namely free stitch embroidery combined with beading, acrylic paints and colourful fabrics. She describes the theme of much of her work as ‘happy and cute’ – and I can’t think of a better theme than that.

The work of Kimika Hara takes me into a whole new world of colour. Working with colour is something I have often struggled with. I sometimes find it hard to know when is too much. However, when it comes to Kimika Hara, the more colour the better. It just works.

Here are some examples of her work:

Ma Bicyclette: Inspiring Artists | Kimika Hara - Mushrooms Embroidery Art 

This image is called ‘mushrooms’ and is part of the same exhibition. I love that this and many of her art works have a whimsical quality to them. This reminds me of something you would find in a fairy story. It takes me back to that world of imagination.

Ma Bicyclette: Inspiring Artists | Kimika Hara - Summer Garden Embroidery Art

‘Summer Garden’ as shown above forms part of Kimika’s contribution to an exhibition and published book ‘Stitch Show’. The floral design is beautifully bright and full of character. Each individual stitch tells its own story.

Kimika also has a wonderful collection of animal themed creations.

Ma Bicyclette: Inspiring Artists | Kimika Hara - Introducing The Hedgehog Embroidery Art

Introducing the hedgehog. I find the tones and colours used to create this little guy to be quite striking. He has gentle feet and a cute little face but then his spikes jump out from the page with a burst of life. So full of energy and colour.

Ma Bicyclette: Inspiring Artists | Kimika Hara - Ring-Tailed Lemur Embroidery Art

In comparison, the ‘ring-tailed lemur’ has a far more delicate quality. The soft tones and patterns to the left hand side of his face give him that extra bit of character.

Ma Bicyclette: Inspiring Artists | Kimika Hara - Squirrel Embroidery Art

This cute squirrel is my favourite of all of Kimika’s animals. The combination of fabrics next to boldly stitched embroidery complement one another faultlessly. You can just see how much time and dedication has gone into creating this lovely piece.

Ma Bicyclette: Inspiring Artists | Kimika Hara - Bald Eagle Embroidery Art

The ‘Bald Eagle’ looks very proud as he fills the page. The light threads and sequins gleam brightly from the image making me want to just sit and admire his splendour. The pieces of art that I have shared are just a small selection of the work made by the incredibly talented Kimika Hara. If this has given you a taste for all things stitched and you would like to see more of her illustrations, you can find them on the links below.

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