The Internet is a strange place. For every angry and rude comment, for every group spewing hate, for all the people who downvote your Reddit comments for no good reason, there is a another space where people come together to support and encourage one other, to share their art and their ideas. For me, Instagram is one of those places. No platform is perfect, but generally speaking, I've found folks on Instagram to be kind, their work inspirational. One of the people using the site to spread "love, peace, and joy" through art is today's contributor Liubov Nikitina.
Based in Moscow, Liubov is a multidisciplinary artist who recently started creating uplifting embroidery as a way to relax and unwind. In her fine art career, she had been working on pieces that addressed troubling issues like violence and animal extinction, and she wanted to shift gears a bit, to create things that would bring a bit of sunshine into people's lives. And it worked!
Using both wool embroidery and felting, Liubov's incredibly detailed pieces combine word art with three-dimensional landscape pieces. Each tiny world perfectly encapsulates her work as multidisciplinary artist, as she is able to artfully weave together sculpture, embroidery, and text into one small piece. You can check out more of her hoop art, as well as a piece from her fine art collection, below.
If you need a little bit of inspiration this week, check out Liubov's latest work on Instagram and on Etsy. You can also see some of her fine art pieces on her website, right here. Scroll down to read all about her inspirations. Thanks, Liubov! ~Erin
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