Known for their elegant jewel colours & textural luxe Belinda Pieris embroidery art finds inspiration in the sculptural forms found in nature and the floral interpretations and graphic traditions in historic Japanese textiles. Through a delicate system of tiny stitches Pieris weaves intricate silken thread to produce beautifully complex embroidery pieces of wearable art. An expert in her field Belinda Pieris’ passion for embroidery has honed specialist skills in painting with thread, including a technique known as free-motion embroidery as well as digital machine embroidery.
Free-motion Embroidery Art
This hand technique uses a free arm machine to paint with thread. Each embroidery piece is hand made in house by artist Belinda Pieris. Advantages of this technique include the ability to create large scale works; unlimited colour use, a hand looking finish with lyrical lines and beautiful hand colour grading.
Computerised Machine EmbroideryTitle
This technique capitalises on the precision that a programmed needle can give. It gives the ability to have graphic patterns, clean lines and embroidery work can be reproduce exactingly. This technique is best used when the embroidery needs to be reproduced many times due to the set up cost involved. Belinda works closing with a trusted Melbourne embroidery house, supporting local made.
Belinda Pieris’ embroidery work can be found adorning ballet costumes, handbags, wallets, jewellery, shoes, evening dresses, wedding dresses, sculptural fibre arts & homewares.
Inside the Pieris Embroidery Atalier
A Belinda Pieris embroidery peice all begins with a spark of inspiration. The colours and shapes in flowers and leaves, the intersecting structures found in fungi, sea life, modern architecture and vintage textile design are a rich source of inspiration.
Sketching initial idea’s and refining of lines; flows to a final water colour painting playing with colouration and mood. A graphic template is made using a combination of hand graphic ink work and computer graphic design depending on the finial embroidery application.
Thread selection is a critical detail in transforming an embroidery. Using beautiful Medera threads chosen for their superior quality and beautiful lustre; Pieris paw’s over tiny thread swatches to make her selections with the aim to achieve tone balance and seamless colour grading.
The Pieris embroidery atelier focuses on two main embroidery techniques, free motion embroidery art and computerised machine embroidery.
Free motion embroidery is a hand embroidery technique; fabric is tightened firmly into a wooden embroidery hoop, marking the fabric with guides the hoop is placed under a free motion embroidery machine. The machine does a beautiful satin stitch which is fully adjustable. With the machine threaded; the foot controls the speed, the knee controls the stitch width and the hands freely move the hoop around to build up the thread paintings one layer at a time. Artistic decisions are a constraint while the embroidery takes shape. Each piece is lyrically formed, and no two pieces are exactly alike.
Computerised Machine Embroidery capitalises on the precision that a programmed needle can give. It gives the ability to have graphic patterns, clean lines and embroidery work can be reproduce exactingly. This technique is best used when the embroidery needs to be reproduced many times due to the set up cost involved. Belinda works closing with a trusted Melbourne embroidery house, supporting local made.
Commission an embroidery work
The Belinda Pieris Melbourne Atelier offers a bespoke embroidery service for private clientele and industry.
Embroidery can add that special detail to your wardrobe or home. It can tell the story of the things that hold meaning in your life and inspire your happiness. It can celebrate your family heritage in a beautiful pictorial way.
There are many applications for a special embroidery piece: Add bespoke embellishment to, Evening dresses, wedding gowns, special occasion wear, special details for Men’s and women’s clothing. Costume embellishment, tutu embellishment. Millinery, Shoes, bags jewellery and home décor.
Enjoy the creative process of having a bespoke embroidery piece made just for youInitial appointment, a one on one creative consultation with Belinda Pieris to discuss your special bespoke pieceFull design service including design concept development and artwork.Second appointment – presentation of your design and refining of detail, presentation of swatches, thread colours and artwork approvalsFurther refining of artwork & technique used, final artworkYour final piece made for you.
I am happy to collaborate and work in conjunction with your couturier or dressmaker to create your special embellishment. I also offer a full bespoke made to measure clothing service.