17 year old artist Maddy Willis has experimented with a plethora of media– from film photography to sketching with markers, the Seattle-based teen has produced amazing art with a range of materials. For her latest masterpieces though, Maddy has turned to embroidery, conceptualizing and sewing stunning designs into old, worn out jeans that she once thought would never see the light of day again. Maddy explains that she turned to embroidery to settle her attention deficit disorder; the sewing calming and entertaining her when she would otherwise be sitting still. “It’s what I do in my free time,” the talented teen explained, “even if I’m just sitting around watching T.V., I like to be sewing at the same time”.
Maddy has created a wide range of different, intricate designs, from dragons and flowers, to simple initials and abstract patterns. However, her work does not just stop at denim; Maddy excitedly showed me a white corset that she found thrifting in New York. She plans to embroider the corset and expand her craft to other articles of recycled clothing. Giving old clothes a new, more exciting, life, Maddy’s creations are not only beautiful, but sustainable.