World through the eye of a needle

World through the eye of a needle
NEEDLE ART: Ms Teresa Lim’s artworks

She had wanted to capture the sunset at Cottesloe Beach in Perth, Australia, but the battery on her mobile phone had run out.

In a moment of ingenuity, Ms Teresa Lim, 24, turned to needle and thread to capture the moment with embroidery.

She said: "I remembered that I had to sew very fast because the sun was already setting. It took me about half an hour to an hour to complete the artwork."

The full-time illustrator and textile designer stitches artworks of iconic landmarks from her travels and posts them in "Sew Wanderlust", an online collection.

Her works were recently featured on the websites of several overseas publications, including the Daily Mail and The Guardian.

Ms Lim carries her supply of needles, threads and fabrics with her everywhere, using them to chronicle her adventures to landmarks such as Big Ben in London and Ha Long Bay in Vietnam.

She said: "If it's a short trip of about a week, I'll take five to seven canvases. But if I'm travelling for a month, I'll take at least 15."

"I take more thread with me as well, because I don't want to run into the situation where I can't stitch an artwork because I don't have that colour that I need."

Ms Lim started doing embroidery in 2012 when she had to take a module on the subject while studying Fashion Design and Textiles in Lasalle College of the Arts.


She said: "I really liked it because it was very therapeutic for me."

As Ms Lim did not study art in secondary school and junior college, her days in Lasalle were a learning journey.

"I had to practise drawing every day. And learning about all these design principles was really intriguing," she said.

"If you're passionate about something, you will be able to enjoy the things you learn."

Ms Lim, who usually travels with her Lasalle College friends, would often sketch the places they visited. But she said it did not give her the same satisfaction as doing embroidery.

She said: "The stroke of the pen when it meets the paper was too fast. So I prefer embroidery because the satisfaction was very literal, like I was etching the vision onto the fabric itself."

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