Karen Barbé

Published March 24, 2010 by Molly

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Karen Barbé is a textile designer from Santiago, Chile, and her work is heartbreakingly beautiful. Moreover, she keeps a rigorously-updated blog documenting her work and her aesthetic fixations, and the blog is a work of art in itself. Not only is the author unstoppably creative, but she seems to have the Midas touch: in Barbé’s hands old cross-stitch patterns become gorgeous cut-outs and empty plastic bottles turn into adorable pins.

Inspirations include traditional Chilean pottery, books of vintage patterns, Macedonian aprons, Lanigrafía (”the art of depicting landscapes or objects using different embroidery stitches and colors”), thrift stores, quilting, vintage fashion sketches and so much more.

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