Bringing a camera to capture memories of your travels is pretty par for the course. You want to remember the views, the landscape, and of course all the delicious food you”ll be eating. Sometimes, it”s a little too easy to snap a photo. You suddenly find yourself sifting through hundreds of pictures, only to stick them all into a file on your computer and barely look at them. What can you do to truly capture your travels in a memorable way?
Artist and designer Teresa Lim came up with a unique solution. She didn”t want to settle for the traditional tourist activity of snapping photos (although, as you”ll see, she also did that). In fact, you might say she got even more traditional than taking a photo. Instead, Lim brings sewing supplies on her travels and embroiders a scene, resulting in a charming little keepsake.
Lim, who works as both an illustrator and a textile designer, likes to blend the two disciplines, resulting in projects like this. The series, called Sew Wanderlust, is ongoing, and started in 2014.
“I started the project late 2014 after I realized that with today”s state of the art technology, taking pictures becomes so easy,” Lim says. “I wanted something more from my travels, to be able to take back a part of that place with me. When I”m done with a piece, I actually feel like I know that place, and that gives me a huge sense of satisfaction that I think just taking a photo wouldn”t give.”
Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic
Lim also uses her embroidery skills for other projects. Her travel pieces, though, show more than just a direct recording of the location, like a photo would. They also allow Lim to put her own artistic spin on the scene. The time it takes to embroider the scenes gives Lim a deeper understanding of the scene than just snapping a picture.
Naturally, she does photograph the final product on location, so we can see the comparison to the real scene.
Serpentine Falls, Perth, Australia
You can see more of Lim”s work with textiles and illustration on her website, and keep up with her travels on Facebook and Instagram.