Maricor / Maricar

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 8th March 2011

Embroidered artworks by Maricor and Maricar Manalo, on show at Mart Gallery in Sydney

Sydney-based sisters Maricor and Maricar Manalo are impressive multi-taskers.  They’re designers, illustrators and animators by trade, but they don’t mind a bit of handcraft when the mood takes them.  The fruits of their needleworking adventures are currently on show in an exhibition of embroidered typographic artworks at Mart Gallery in Sydney.  The show is called Turns of Speech and Figures of Phrase, and is inspired by misheard and mixed up song lyrics, borrowed from bands including Blondie, The Unicorns, Menomena and Pavement. OH the awesomeness.  All the pieces are painstakingly hand-sewn by this supremely talented pair – they tag-team :)

A quick look through the super fabulous Maricor / Maricar website will uncover many more treasures, including an ongoing series of embroidered graphic artworks.   I think ‘Sweater Letters’ might be my favourite – inspired by the sisters’ love of patterns and knitted winter sweaters, of course!

Turns of Speech and Figures of Phrase – until March 19th

Mart Gallery
156 Commonwealth Street
Surry Hills

More Embroidered artworks by Maricor and Maricar Manalo

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 8th March 2011


  • Sarah B 6 years ago

    These are fabulous!

  • Sarah 6 years ago

    What charming needlework, I adore the expression of the little samurai!

  • Danielle 6 years ago

    This is absolutely stunning!! I would love to have these hanging on my walls!

  • daisy 6 years ago

    what beautiful work and gorgeous colours!

  • Hat 6 years ago

    I love this work – will be going along to check it out.

  • Siobhan Rogers 6 years ago

    Sooo Much work! & awesome

  • handmaderomance 6 years ago

    love love love their work *sigh*
    wishing i was closer to sydney to see this show

  • Beattie 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness! This is so awesome. So beautiful. I am a sucker for some needlework.
    Only a week to see it!
    thanks for telling us Lucy!

  • So much work must go into these, I think I’d lose my sight – they’re beautiful.

  • jean adelene 6 years ago

    I’ve just read my design files for the day – always uplifting before heading off to work.

    Quick question – what type of camera do you use for the posts you shoot? I am looking to invest…

    Thanks for lots of lovely inspiration,


  • tali 6 years ago

    Really adore their work. Their animation is tops too!! So talented.

  • suzy 6 years ago

    Oh I love this – I’m going to go visit the gallery this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

  • anne 6 years ago

    this is beautiful!
    but their website doesn’t work….

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