Richard Saja's Embroidery Art

Perhaps the best way to describe Richard Saja's art is to compare it with graffiti. That is, if you can embroider graffiti!

Richard takes a toile (Toile de Jouy) print, like on the sofa above, and hand embroider its figures into anachronistic and irreverent characters. Clowns, for example, are a common motif:

There are also things that are totally out of place, like this guy in a leather jacket with a giant skull on the back:

Sometimes, he put in the surprising and unusual, like this house on fire:

More of Richard Saja's artwork can be found in his blog: Historically Inaccurate - via Gimcrack Hospital (PG) and Scribal Terror


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I'd absolutely Love to sit down on my couch, turn my head, and see clowns frolicking there. If I ever move in with my boyfriend, I am insisting upon one of these couches so I can try my hand at such shenanigans while he isn't looking.
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