Serena Madrigal is a fiber artist and painter. Originally from Sacramento, California she currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She is a self taught embroidery artist and painter. Serena spends most of her time doing commission pieces of pets with embroidery detail. Serena moved to Chicago to become more focused in her art and has started to teach embroidery classes to empower others to get creative. For more information follow Serena on Instagram @serenamadrigal or email @firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do you put together drawing and embroidery?
My process for putting together embroidery and drawings starts off with a sketch and creativeness. I like to sketch out the pet first so when I’m combining the flowers I make sure it frames the animal well. I also like to paint my portrait first then embroidery because I find picking the colors also help to compliment the animal.
How did your passion for this two things started?
The passion for both painting and embroidery started when I was asked to be in a show and I decided to mix both mediums to add something different to my paintings. When one of my pictures was shared I started to get common requested for pets and now I can’t look at an animal without wanting to paint them!
Adding embroidery to each piece, how do you decide which ornament fits better?
When adding embroidery to each piece I use the clients preferred flowers or greenery and I add my touch. I like to position the embroidery in a way that compliments the animal and not overpowers it. I also like to play with colors and tones to add dimension to the portrait. I feel like adding embroidery to my pieces add uniqueness because I always use new patterns for each portrait.
By Jessie Alvarado