Embroidery artist Humayrah Bint Altaf stitches fabulously ornate insects to set a new type of decoration where bugs are inserted inside our houses as design artworks.
Some of the designs incorporate antique gold twist cord, hundreds of metallic beads, Rococo threads, and other delicate materials. The end results are scarab beetles that could practically crawl off the canvas and honey bees prepared to take flight.
“I often wander through the woods near my home, where I gather leaves, twigs, feathers and other things I can find to bring back home and preserve,” says Bedford-based Altaf. “I also like to incorporate nature’s treasures into my embroideries and with each piece I feel that a part of me has been embedded into my work.”
With a background in fashion design, Altaf had the opportunity to study at the Royal School of Needlework that helped launch her career in embroidery.
“I believe in storytelling through imagery: the comforting effect a word or photograph may have on people. A single image with few concise words woven together is enough to whisk people away to a more gentle world.”