The Art of Embroidery with Sheena Liam of Times New Romance


The winner of Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 2 is breathing new life into the age old art of embroidery

Sheena Liam (@sheenaliam) may be snazzy model since winning Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2 but she didn’t just stop there. As a model and artist specializing in embroidery art, Liam told us she has found "two creative outlets...that work harmoniously with one another" and it's not hard to see why. Understanding bodily movements and capturing emotion come naturally to Liam, so it's no surprise how she has applied this same flair to the delicate nuances of embroidery in @times.new.romance.


Your artworks largely focus around the female body and silhouette — any particular reason why?

Women have always been my subject of choice, even as a child I drew solely female subjects. There is so much beauty in womanhood, my ideas around the subject changed as I grew myself but never the subject.


What is the charm of embroidery that you love?

That it is a very traditional craft and there is a level of calm I find in repetitive work.



Your artworks largely focus around the female body and silhouette — any particular reason why?

Women have always been my subject of choice, even as a child I drew solely female subjects. There is so much beauty in womanhood, my ideas around the subject changed as I grew myself but never the subject.


Why do you create?

Simply because I enjoy it.


What is one thing most people don’t see about you?

I think by being a model, people put you on a pedestal so much but don’t see that you are inherently human and have down days where it’s hard to get out of bed. I started seeing a therapist this year, I’m glad mental health is being normalized. People talking about it has definitely given me the strength to battle my own demons and I hope seeing this will also let others know it is okay to get help.



Are any of your artworks up for sale?

Yes! Any inquiries can be emailed to timesnewromance.info@gmail.com


There is so much beauty in womanhood, my ideas around the subject changed as I grew myself but never the subject.

Hardest detail to get right when you’re embroidering?

Hands and feet, but it is also my favorite part to tackle.


How has being a model helped you in capturing emotion in your embroidery art?

There are many subtle nuances in body language I love capturing, I think being a model and knowing what I want conveyed definitely started me off on a more confident path when I started exploring figures.


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