Artist Breathes New Life Into Vintage Postcards With Her Embroideries

Italian artist Francesca Colussi Cramer has a rather unusual hobby. She embroiders patterns and grids onto old photos and postcards.

It all started when she discovered an adorable little vintage shop near her home in North Wales. The artist was surprised with all the nostalgic pieces she found here, so she couldn’t resist buying some old postcards and photos.

To give contrast to the original composition, she started adding her own abstract patterns with threads.

“Adding thread on paper alters an existing surface and creates such a rich texture and contrast with the original image itself. It’s both visual and tactile, and doing it on paper, instead of fabric, comes with challenges and differences that I find more intriguing every day. It is a sort of conversation with the past in the images, like lifting a layer of dust and letting the color through, adding another chapter,” commented Cramer on her work.