Artists Gauvain Manhattan Turns Vintage Draperies into Video Games

Artist Gauvain Manhattan gives cheap flea market tapestries a video game makeover in his latest artwork series. The end result is a collection of fun and energetic fabric pieces that creatively look like vintage stills from an 8-bit video game.

Typically, many vintage tapestries depict landscape scenes of nature, animals and peaceful surroundings. It makes sense then that Manhattan would use tapestries as the backdrop for his video game makeovers. Manhattan cleverly placed woven pixelated characters from classic games like Pokemon, Street Fighter and Duck Hunt. The pieces feature a juxtaposition of modern gamer culture with vintage works of art. It’s interesting to take a look at the original tapestries and Manhattan’s updated video game versions. The effect is quite striking.