When it comes to creating unique erotic art, it looks like embroidery could be making a sexy comeback—at least for one Los Angeles-based artist. Not even comparatively close to your grandmother’s needlepoint, Nike Schroeder uses a colorful array of finely woven fibers to embroider hot and saucy ladies in a somewhat abstract but realistic way.

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Bold and cleverly cropped appreciations of the female form, Nike’s work is a complex combination of textiles. Using traditional embroidery techniques, Schroeder playfully explores sexual expression through the eye of the needle and yarn. Although her work may first appear haphazard, Schroeder actually executes each stitch with precise calculations. The result is a carefully composed and seemingly unfinished masterpiece, complete with loose ends that hang about like happy little accidents.

copyright: Nike Schroeder

copyright: Nike Schroeder

Whether the placement of each fiber is coincidental, or a consequence of her masterplan, one thing’s for certain, this artist is adept at creating (in the most unique way possible) art that celebrates the beauty of the naked female. Overwhelming in size, and designed to captivate the viewer, each of these erotically charged portraits possess strong female characters that are, both literally and figuratively, intertwined. Sexy and hyper-real, Schroeder’s contemporary aesthetic is a creative update to the crafty art that our aunt’s and grandmother’s once knew.

copyright: Nike Schroeder

copyright: Nike Schroeder

copyright: Nike Schroeder

To learn more about Nike Schroeder, and her contemporary take on needle & thread, visit her website here.

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