Delicate Cross-Stitched Flowers Pop Up on the Streets of Madrid
While summer may be coming to a close, Madrid remains in full bloom thanks to Raquel Rodrigo’s exquisite floral installations. The large-scale, embroidered flowers have popped up all over the city, embellishing modest facades and transforming weathered storefronts into beautiful hand-made creations.
To fashion the colorful designs, Rodrigo—whose eclectic background spans window display, interior design, and set decoration—employs a traditional cross-stitch method. Although she uses thick, rope-like string and tough wire mesh, her site-specific patterns retain the craft’s delicate aesthetic.
Aptly called ArquiCostura—a clever combination of architetura (architecture) and costura(needlework)—Rodrigo’s creations creatively play with space and offer a fresh take on street art.