The Art of Cannabis Embroidery

The Art of Cannabis Embroidery

When you think of embroidery hoop art, you are probably more likely to imagine a grandmother stitching old sayings like “home is where the heart is” than a tattoo artist stitching images of cannabis plants. But Chloe O’Malley, a 28-year-old artist from Leeds, England, might change the way you think about embroidery art forever. O’Malley’s incredible creations feature images of living cannabis plants in a realistic style, reminiscent of scientific illustrations. Each piece depicts a different strain and, working with color, shape and texture, she somehow manages to capture the unique quality of each cannabis variety. Formally trained in embroidery arts at Manchester Metropolitan University’s embroidery degree program, O’Malley shifted her profession to tattooing, but says she picked embroidery back up a few years ago. At first, she stitched subjects that feature strongly in her tattoo work, such as flowers, animals and insects. Then, last year, O’Malley got the idea to make a cannabis embroidery hoop as a gift for her partner’s birthday. “He’s an avid smoker, so it seemed like the perfect gift!” she explains. But what started as a simple gift idea has since become an artistic statement. As her cannabis hoops developed, O’Malley became more motivated by changing people’s perceptions of cannabis to be more positive and less judgmental. “Personally, I enjoy the concept of using an old craft like embroidery to stitch something a little bit tongue-and-cheek like cannabis,” she says. O’Malley says she enjoys being a part of the larger community that is pushing cannabis art forward. “The stigma…

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