When I travel to unique destinations, my souvenirs are generally standard issue: a T-shirt here, a snow dome there, or – my favorite – a coffee mug picked up everywhere.
While I may be drinking a great big cup of coffee out of a vessel branded with the name of a place I once was at – Alcatraz Island, Latigo Ranch, or Club 33 (yeah, I went there and yeah, it was awesome) – these are just manufactured items sold to promote the locale. Teresa Lim, she takes the idea of the souvenir, one very crafty step further; she creates one-of-a-kind travel keepsakes that are as unique as her personal journey.
Lim does not rely on a selfie stick or a shot glass to remind her of her trip, instead she goes all old-school and captures her memories and experiences with needle and thread for her project Sew Wanderlust.
You might have seen her stunning embroidery recently on Bored Panda, My Modern Met, Kênh 14, La Repubblica, or 新华网 – this is just a smidgen of the places that have highlighted her sewn travelogues of late. In a yes-this-is-truly-awesome nature, her project has gone crazy viral.
While the viral nature of her project may be crazy, the reason behind it is wonderfully sane. She wrote on her website:
“I started the project late 2014 after I realized that with today’s state of the art technology, taking pictures becomes so easy. I wanted something more from my travels, to be able to take back a part of that place with me. When I’m done with a piece, I actually feel like I KNOW that place, and that gives me a huge sense of satisfaction that I think just taking a photo wouldn’t give.”
“I am going to Italy next in June,” Teresa told us. “I will be traveling around Italy and France :). The next three places I can’t wait to visit are: the Colosseum, Iceland’s northern lights, Eiffel tower.”
We are so looking forward to seeing what sites she captures next, in the meantime, see where she has been:
You can see more of where she has been (and sewn) on her website TeeTeeHeeHee.com.
Photo Source: with permission from Teresa Lim