Raquel Rodrigo is a Spanish set designer and artist who is transplanting the age-old, quaint craft of cross-stitch embroidery onto the landscape of Madrid (and beyond) and the results are beautiful. I always love it when artists interact with city streets and buildings and change their aesthetics for the better, but without altering the heart of what makes them urban nor diminishing the years of weathering and grittiness which gives them their unique character. Raquel, along with her team from Arquicostura, plans and prepares the installations – ranging from public art installations, editorials, private installations and installations for creatively-inclined clients – beforehand with super-sized cross-stitch techniques using colourful weather-resistant rope wrapped on chicken mesh. This is then unrolled and affixed to various surfaces. Um, like the front of my house, please?
You can see more of Raquel’s extraordinary large-scale embroidery projects and follow current works-in-progress on her FB page and Instagram.