Living Thread is a series of observations of our natural world. Each embroidery begins as a highly-detailed drawing which is then translated into thread on fabric. Each piece allows me to obsess over colours and details while attempting to capture the fleeting lives and presence of each creature. These embroideries are a way to display and appreciate small animals of the natural world without the living ones being collected and pinned inside frames.

Jessica Merle Death's Head Hawk Moth embroidery

Death’s Head Hawk Moth

2018

Jessica Merle Death's Head Hawk Moth embroidery
Rosy Maple Moth Embroidery by Jessica Merle

Rosy Maple Moth

2018

Rosy Maple Moth Embroidery by Jessica Merle
Mother Moth embroidery by Jessica Merle

Mother Moth

2016

Mother Moth embroidery by Jessica Merle
Embroidered moth by Jessica Merle

Tiny Hawk Moth

2017

Elephant Hawk Moth embroidery by Jessica Merle

Elephant Hawk Moth

2017

Celestial Bodies embroidery by Jessica Merle

Celestial Bodies

2017

Two moth embroideries by Jessica Merle
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