Japanese artist known simply as ipnot makes miniature food embroideries that jump right out of the page. From sushi rolls and a tiny bowl of ramen to a cup of matcha tea, her delicious creations look good enough to eat.
“The name ipnot comes from the nickname I have had since childhood,” she explains on her website. “I have spent my childhood surrounded by very creative and crafty people who have inspired me. I was drawn to embroidery because my grandmother used to do embroidery
and made it look very relaxing and enjoyable. So I tried it and I enjoyed it myself. Since then, I started my own projects and it does not feel like work at all. Rather, it feels like like hobby since I am having fun.”
Talking about the artistic process itself she adds: “I discovered myself that the French knot stitch can be done by wrapping thread around the needle. I find this type of stitching to be a lot of fun to do and it is my favorite type of stitch. I have chosen the French knot stitch to represent my stitching style. I choose a thread of my own preference from 500 different-colored embroidery threads.”
“As in the art of stipple painting, I use my needle like a paint brush and I stitch one knot at a time,” she explains. The self-taught artist now shares her work on her Instagram page which has amassed almost 100k followers, proving that there’s a market for miniature food embroiders.