A peek inside Konekono Kitsune’s Tokyo workshop is more akin to a farmer’s market stall than a fiber studio. The artist stitches curly kale, collard greens, and other foods that are strikingly similar to their real-life counterparts: dense tufts in green create broccoli florets, a broad bean pod splits open to expose a soft downy inner, and tight rows line the undulating surface of a sweet potato.
Konekono Kitsune writes to Colossal that their grandma stitched frequently, despite the fact that they only started working with the medium a few years ago. “I’m not a farmer, and I’m not very skilled in the kitchen.” I became convinced after embroidering vegetables. They claim that embroidery threads are ideal for expressing vegetable fibers.
Visit Instagram to see more of the artist’s produce-based works.