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Maricor / Maricar

Creative People

8th March, 2011
Lucy Feagins
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

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