Paper + thread

Peter Crawley’s interesting illustrations are made using watercolour paper, stitched with cotton thread.

A road trip across the United States inspired British artist Peter Crawley’s Stitched Illustration collection of work. He was keen to illustrate the journey somehow and developed the technique of piercing 420gsm watercolour paper with a pin and then stitching the paper with cotton thread.

Looking to the fine line detailing present in cartography, the bold route markers of road maps and silk maps, Crawley's work is accurate and minimalist. Many of the stitched illustrations represent buildings and urban structures while other themes explored in his work include typography and various patterns.