MOMENTS                                                            embroidered photographs

I look up at the trees, and I am captivated by the interplay of light and colour as sunlight streams between the branches. I am dizzy with the beauty of this moment, mesmerized by the light rippling though the leaves, the colours constantly shifting, blurring, fading. Nothing stays still. How can I possibly capture the totality of this experience?

My series of forest photographs integrates two very different practices: the energetic manipulation of the camera in my jerky iPhone photography, and the calm, repetitive movement of the needle in my meditative hand-stitching. While I have been taking my shaky photographs for over a decade, it is only during the pandemic that I saw the potential for amplifying my photos with hand-stitched striations of light. The photographs are printed on a rag paper, and I stitch on them with Soie d’Alger, an incredibly lustrous silk embroidery thread. I am constantly amazed by the range of colours I discover as I sit stitching.  And so my walks in my favourite woods come full circle, as I capture the richness of my experience in light and thread.

 

3:48 pm #5   Photograph embroidered with silk thread, 8"x8"

3:47 pm #1  Photograph embroidered with silk thread, 8"x8"

8:16 pm  Photograph embroidered with silk thread, 8"x8"

8:35 pm  #1 Photograph embroidered with silk thread, 8"x8"

7:58 pm   Photograph embroidered with silk thread, 8"x8"

3:47 pm #2  Photograph embroidered with silk thread, 18"x18"

8:13 pm #4  Photograph embroidered with silk thread, 18"x18"

8:03 pm #3 Photograph embroidered with silk thread, 18"x18"