Amsterdam-based creative studio Happy Red Fish may not be the first to inundate old houses with hipster crafts—see: Buffalo preservationists make Valentines for empty houses—nor the first to embroider residences, but it seems likely that the studio, headed by multimedia artist Hagar Vardimon-Van Heummen is the first to give vintage images of dilapidated buildings a refresher with geometric clouds and sunbursts of rainbow thread. To make these Lonely Houses, spotted over at Design Milk, Vardimon-Van Heummen pilfers through old books finding photos of free-standing buildings, then takes away their context and stitches up their edifices, sometimes covering the façades with bubbles and netting, sometimes adding things like electric blue window panes and scarlet stair railing. More below.
· Embroidered Houses by Happy Red Fish [Design Milk]
· Architectural Embroidery That's Made Needlework Cool Again [Curbed National]
· Hipster Preservationists Send Valentines to Unloved Buildings [Curbed National]