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Embroidered Racket Artworks

These Detailed Drawings are Stitched onto Old Tennis Rackets

— January 8, 2016 — Art & Design
Talented artist Danielle Clough creatively upcycles old and unused tennis rackets by transforming the sporting equipment into a canvas to create beautiful works of embroidered art onto. The works depict intricate illustrations of colorful flowers stitched into the plastic meshing of the racket.

Tennis rackets are made to be used in sport, but Clough's recycling of old equipment breathes new life into the otherwise unused products. Clough creatively uses colorful yarn to recreate realistic depictions of flowers such as tulips and roses. The fabric is stitched onto the inside grid of the racket pulling at the plastic to create intricate folds of color. The works are rendered that much more realistic due to the use of a variety of colors to create shading and lightness.
Trend Themes
1. Upcycling Athletic Equipment - Opportunity for artists to upcycle old equipment into unique and valuable pieces of art.
2. Embroidery as Fine Art - Growing trend of artists using embroidery as a medium to create complex and detailed works of art.
3. Blending Realism and Textures - Incorporating different types of textures and colors to create more realistic and vivid works of art.
Industry Implications
1. Athletic Equipment - Opportunity for manufacturers to design equipment specifically to be upcycled into art pieces.
2. Fine Art - Increasing demand for unique, textured and detailed works of art that go beyond traditional mediums.
3. Textile Industry - Opportunity for suppliers to offer new and innovative materials, fibers, and fabrics for artists to use in their embroidery work.
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