Ulla Stina Wikander is a 61-year-old Swedish artist, currently based in Switzerland, who has been working as an artist since 1986.  She uses various home appliances and kitchen tools as the basis for her art, giving vintage objects a new life full of color and style.

Wikander has been collecting cross-stitch embroideries for over 10 years now and today she has a big collection of 100+ different designs. Although some of them are considered as kitsch, the artist finds them really beautiful and want to bring them back to life. "In 2012 I started to cover ordinary household things from the 70s, like a sewing machine, vacuum cleaner, electric mixer etc,” says Wikander on her website. "I find it interesting to see how these objects transform in a new context; the obsolet, the things we do not want any longer, the old and forgotten things.”

This artist often visits fleemarkets and vintage stores to find the materials for her artworks, including different vintage items that no-one else needs. It takes a day or two to "dress up" some of the smaller objects, such as an iron or a telephone, but the bigger ones might take weeks to finish. Scroll down to see them for yourself.

More info: Instagram | ullastinawikander.com

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Pat Wooster
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Who would think of doing this! What an imagination!

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Kristin Connon
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm not sure why, but I like this one the best. There is something especially interesting and beautiful about the juxtaposition here.

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Bella Smith
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

wow this is so amazing and detailed I would not have the patience for this...

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RacconLifeGirlie
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lookin' cool and stayin' warm at the same time

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Alia G.
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really like the plant, thought it was real for a long while

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Shruti Naik
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This chair reminds me of Goldilocks! Its the perfect Goldilocks chair!

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Alice Galipo
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She even did the needle and some spools! Beautiful, and such an eye for detail!

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katt
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Raises 'Hot Coffee' to a whole new level!

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Shruti Naik
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the funny thing is that I have the perfect outfit to go with this bag and these shoes!

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Shruti Naik
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this chair! I want it for my room!

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Christine Piette
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can't even begin to imagine how long each project must take!!

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katt
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love the satchel with the covered goodies inside - very nice set!

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katt
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can't remember the name of this thing - can you?

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katt
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Look at all that cord! Must be for those long conversations or maybe it's a dedicated line for long-distance!?!

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