Collecting the obsoletea

When Ulla-Stina Wikander of Sweden goes to a flea market, she has a mission. Used and worn out embroidery pieces. She cuts these peices apart to create her own artwork. The oboslete, the forgotten and deemed useless things are what drive her passion.

Rotary telephone covered in flea market find embroidery

Rotary telephone covered in flea market find embroidery

Ulla-Stina combines everyday household items that women would be surrounded by and gives them a new life. She began this work 10 years ago after having built a large collection of embroideries with different motiifs. Her first object that she covered was a 1970’s vacuum. When the vacuum was placed on display, viewers experienced recognition, humor and an appreciation of the beauty of both the embroidery and the object.

Bellet shoes

Bellet shoes

Notice the care with which thUlla-Stins dresses each object. She wants to pay respect to the craft of embroidery. “My items become artifacts froma bygone era, disguised, dressed and camouflaged.”

The beauty and uniquness of her work is inspirational. The time involved to make each item perfect and stylized are enormous. Sharing this unique art is heartwarming. A hand stitching feat of beauty!

Taking an office chair to a whole new level!

Taking an office chair to a whole new level!

Ulla-Stina Wiakander’s work can be seen and purchased at Mobilia Art Gallery in Cambridge, MA.