Embroidered cultural heroes – in pictures

By Helen Elston

In her portraits, installations and street art, Mexican textile artist Victoria Villasana applies colourful embroidery to pictures of artists, musicians and politicians. “I started using portraits of people who I consider visionaries,” she says, “as well as vintage photographs and cross-cultural portraits.” Inspired by expressionism, surrealism and pop art, she often chooses feminist icons such as Frida Kahlo, Nina Simone and Beyoncé. The use of embroidery is her nod to female empowerment. “Working with fabric makes me feel connected with an inner rebellious femininity. Embroidery is undervalued as just a ‘woman's craft' – but it's something that reminds us of all those amazing women in our lives that nurture us.”

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