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.

More info: Instagram | shop.hanwriting.com

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Bean59
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1 month ago

This one is sooo pretty! needs more upvotes!

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Sarah Hoskovec
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What an incredibly creative idea!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 month ago

This is actually beautiful!!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 month ago

I really like this!

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Red Stain
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1 month ago

This one is really good and could stand alone as a piece of art.

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Elina Kuusisto
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1 month ago

Wow!!! I love this s so much it hurts!

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Robin Linse
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1 month ago

These are all so cool! I believe this one is cross-stitch, not embroidery. ;)

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Darwin
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1 month ago

I love cacti so much

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Laura Mcphellamy - Parker
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1 month ago

This needs to be at the top. Wow

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Freloise_Raven
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1 month ago

I love this one

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EA
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1 month ago

These would look so good in frames

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Bean59
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1 month ago

Ok, that little girl is just ADORABLE

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Bean59
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this on is amazing!UPVOTE it, PEOPLE!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 month ago

This looks like it should be on the death video on the movie the ring. I love it.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 month ago

This almost Looks creepy..I love creepy!!

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Red Stain
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1 month ago

Really unique, what makes it special is that these images would probably be overlooked if it was just photoshop/edition.

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Bean59
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1 month ago

why did they feel the need to cover her face with a flower?

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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Creepy again! I'm really enjoying these!

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