#47 in an ongoing series of posts celebrating the alphabet
I fairly swooned when I first saw the amazing hand embroidered typography created by twin sisters Maricor and Maricar Manalo. Based in Sydney, Australia, they’re designers, illustrators and animators by trade and refer to themselves as “Makers of Things assorted.”
Self-taught in needlework, they seem to be creativity personified — I love their colors, patterns, lines, textures, and refreshing sense of fun and whimsy. The gorgeous piece pictured above is part of a project they completed for the Hong Kong Airport, where they were asked to embroider the word “Delicious” in six different languages, all spelled out using food from the different regions — pizza, sushi, pretzels, prawns, grapes, onions, limes, hotdogs — too cool!
This family set of Sweater Letters was created for a private commission:
Here’s their first commercial embroidery commission for ESPN Magazine:
Their hand-stitched logos and sayings are just gorgeous:
Believe it or not, neither sister knew how to embroider until they were asked to create a music video for the band Architecture in Helsinki. They watched internet tutorials and bought a Reader’s Digest embroidery manual and winged it! Have you ever seen an embroidered animation?
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Finally, enjoy this short interview — lovely to see the way Maricar and Maricor interact with each other:
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♥ Maricor/Maricar is open to commissions, and will work freelance or by contract. You can purchase giclee prints of some of their sewn works at Etsy.
♥ Check out this great interview at The Design Files to learn more about their process and backstory.
♥ More Alphabetica here.
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