It seems that there's a lot of new hype around embroidery works as more and more artists are creating new concepts of this age-old craft and producing unique hand-stitched pieces. One of these artists is Han Cao, who is also known as hanwriting on her Instagram account. In her series 'Forgotten Photos' she combines old vintage photographs with her chromatic embroidery.
The self-taught artist from Palm Springs collects black and white and sepia-toned photographs and postcards at flea markets and antique shops all around the world. Carefully selected pictures are then directly embroidered by hand, making each piece unique and one-of-a-kind. All of these vintage photographs carry enigmatic narratives which the artist gives new life with her needle and colorful thread.
"I used to be a calligrapher (as you may have been able to see from my older posts in my account), so it was a pun on the word handwriting and my first name. I kept it even though I've transitioned to embroidery because I feel it still works, now highlighting the 'writing' of new stories on vintage photographs using thread. I began doing embroidery after I moved to Australia a year ago. I kept seeing boxes of old photographs at flea markets, and no one was really looking at them. So I decided to try to give them a new life," the artist told Bored Panda.