Spanish artist Raquel Rodrigo is reinventing the humble cross stitch. Best known in the 21st century for adorning throw pillows and tea towels, the cross stitch is one of the simpliest stitches for hand embroidery. Although this stitch has been around since as early as the 6th Century BCE, Rodrigo's large scale "Cross Stitch Installations" offer a new, modern perspective on the decorative art.
Rodrigo creates the designs on a wire mesh using thick multi hued rope in place of a standard thin embroidery floss.
Once the pieces are assembled in her studio, Rodrigo installs the embrodieres on building facades across Spain. The end result is a beautiful juxtaposition of the vibrant, graphic artworks and the more subdued city architecture.
A detail shot of her work, showing the tonalities and color shifts used within a floral motif.
Rodrigo uses these urban embroideries to advertise Arquicostura, a street-art marketing agency based in Valencia, Spain.