Stitched Accessories and Furniture with a Bigger Meaning

Heidi Dakter's Embroidered Designs

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After a traumatic experience with an ornate Christmas sweater and open flame, you swore off embellishments for good.

Heidi Dakter, a School of the Art Institute grad who creates uber-cool embroidered accessories and home decor, will mend your wounds.

After a stint working with a fashion designer in Istanbul, Dakter starting thinking seriously about the messages her work was sending. So she chose an often-stereotyped image — Islamic women wearing head scarves — and artfully sewed it onto neckwear, brooches, and furniture.

The result: silk scarves with faceless, “close head” silhouettes; a striking black and white wingback chair with two female faces peering back; and carefully beaded, silk charmeuse and burnt orange velvet brooches. An intricate ottoman patterned with antique Turkish makeup tins and perfume bottles questions the preservation of beauty, asking: What’s it like to be a modern Islamic woman?

The wares are on fire.

Available at Workshop, 818 West 18th Street, at Halsted Street (312-226-9000). To see styles, go to heididakter.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Heidi Dakter

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818 W 18th St
@ Newberry Ave
Chicago, IL 60608