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Olga Prinku

  • Embroiderer
  • Yarm, United Kingdom
  • Rising Star
Olga Prinku Embroiderer
Contact
English, Romanian, Russian
Hours:
By appointment only
Quadrille©India Hobson

Nature as my thread

  • • Olga makes flowers-on-tulle embroidery
  • • Initially a hobby, it became her career in 2016
  • • She finds embroidering a meditative experience

Olga Prinku developed her craft of flowers-on-tulle embroidery emulating various traditional embroidery techniques using botanical ingredients. Through experimentation, the self-taught former graphic designer has mastered various ways for conditioning natural materials and for attaching them to tulle fabric. Olga likes to say she embroiders using “nature as her thread”. Attentive to nature’s patterns, she enjoys observing what grows together and how there is beauty in all stages of the life cycle. Because dried flowers are so fragile, flower embroidery is not a craft you can rush. With a bit of patience, ingenuity, innovation, and originality, she often manages to achieve something which seemed impossible at first. In 2021 she released her first book, Dried Flower Embroidery: An introduction to the art of flowers on tulle.

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Works

  • © Olga Prinku
  • © Olga Prinku
  • © Olga Prinku
  • © Olga Prinku
  • © Olga Prinku
Photo: © Olga Prinku
Bird

A folkloric bird shape, outlined in gold thread, made by weaving natural materials into tulle fabric stretched in an embroidery hoop. The red and white colour scheme is achieved using dried flax seedpods, preserved fern, rice flower and acroclinium.

Width 3 cm
Diameter 60 cm

Photo: © Olga Prinku
Turkish Tulips

Wild red tulips with green leaves and dark blue accents, inspired by Ottoman art, rendered using dried and preserved natural materials trapped in tulle fabric stretched on beech rings. The tulips flow round a gold-thread empty circle in the middle.

Width 3 cm
Diameter 60 cm

Photo: © Olga Prinku
Autumn Roses

With an autumn-inspired colour palette of browns, yellows and dark reds, this piece uses dried natural materials such as amaranthus together with tulle fabric stretched on beech rings. It depicts six roses arranged round a gold-thread empty circle.

Width 3 cm
Diameter 60 cm

Photo: © Olga Prinku
Floral piece

An organic pattern in purple, yellow and white depicting three fan-shaped flowers on tulle fabric in an embroidery hoop. Preserved fern foliage fills the space between the flowers, created with dried statice, peppercorn berries and nigella seedpods.

Width 2 cm
Diameter 20 cm

Photo: © Olga Prinku
Floral piece

An organically flowing purple, red and yellow pattern depicting fan-shaped flowers on tulle fabric in an embroidery hoop. Created using dried statice, rice flower and delphinium seed pods, with flax seed pods filling spaces between the flowers.

Width 2 cm
Diameter 20 cm

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