Art

Meet the artist who embroiders the most delectable tiny food you’ll ever see

Normally, we wouldn’t deem embroidery as appetising or classify it as food porn, but for the works of Japanese artist ‘ipnot’, we’d make an exception.

Using hundreds of different-coloured yarn as her main ingredient, ‘ipnot’ weaves the material to make realistic sculptures of food. Unlike most embroidery work, she adds a three-dimensional element to her pieces, which often pop out from the canvas or can even be played with.

For instance, strings of ramen noodles can be held with a chopstick, while coffee appears to be poured from out of a pot. Other delectable food items include a miniature ehomaki sushi roll, a box of pizza, and a burger.

If you’re on a diet, and you’re more into adorable animals, she also makes embroidery sculptures of dogs, polar bears, and even a puffer fish.

We recently spoke to ‘ipnot’ to learn more about her and her work. Check it out:

Please tell us more about yourself. How’d you get started with embroidery?

“I’m a Japanese embroidery artist. The name ipnot comes from the nickname I have had since childhood.

“I spent my childhood surrounded by very creative and crafty people who have inspired me. I was drawn to embroidery because my grandmother used to do embroidery and made it look very relaxing and enjoyable. So I tried it and I enjoyed it myself.

“Since then, I started my own projects and it does not feel like work at all. Rather, it feels like a hobby since I am having fun.

“I discovered myself that the French knot stitch can be done by wrapping thread around the needle. I find this type of stitching to be a lot of fun to do and it is my favorite type of stitch.

“I have chosen the French knot stitch to represent my stitching style. I choose a thread of my own preference from 500 different-colored embroidery threads. As in the art of stipple painting, I use my needle like a paint brush and I stitch one knot at a time.”

What was the first embroidery piece you ever did?

“So I started with a simple animal embroidery. When I found a very cute polar bear embroidery on a magazine, I tried doing it. After that, I was completely absorbed in doing the craft.”

Can you give us a little insight into your creative process?

“There isn’t much I can show you. I just want everyone to imagine it and have fun.”

What’s the hardest part of making these miniature meals?

“The hardest part is to make my work appetizing and visually appealing. The balance of the color, the angle, the design, etc. are very important.”

How long does it usually take you to finish each piece?

“It depends on the design. If it is simple, it will be completed within three to four hours, but a complicated one will take for 10 hours or more. Also, there are some works that will be completed in two to three days.

“A grain of French knot is about 1 mm, and of course, it takes time to complete a picture because it will be done after every point or stroke is connected together.”

If you’d like to learn more about ‘ipnot’, you can see more of the artist’s work here.