I am an embroiderer.
An artist with a never ending love för the textile media, who has chosen free, creative embroidery for my artistic expression.
But why embroidery? Why not pastel crayons, oil or water color?
Because the textile materials, the thread, can express so much more. And because there is so little to it: just some fabric, some threads, a needle.
The textile story has its roots way down in the human soil, it has been with mankind since the beginning. It is in the making of baskets, in the knotting of rugs, in the weaving and in the making of clothes.
The stitch is simple, it is basic and I can feel a connection, a female heritage, handes down from women living their life long before me.
I can do embroidery jsut everywhere. I can do embroidery in many different ways. I can create.one.
My way of doing it consists of doing many, many stitches. This stubborn, never ending stitching up and down lets me go into timelessness, into a cosmos of my own, a meditation, that gives me peaceIt does not permit shortcuts. But instead of taking tme, it gives me time. Time to reflect, time to consider, time to rest from the whole wide worlds exitements.
Actually, I do paint! But not with brushes and colors from the tube. My colors are stacked in the shelfs in my studio, they are all tangeled up in boxes, they are hidden away in big sacks, waiting for their time. I take a red color,a blue, a yellow one. The color can be soft as silk and cotton, it can be velvety. It is shiny, it is dull, it glitters, it is as thin as the fog in an automn morning, and it it coarse and hard and steely. It is everything i feel fore and want.
I cut my fabric, i tae my pins, i baste together, I do the stitches. I put layers upon layers, I use tull for the effects that reminds of pinting, My material is sensual, nice to touch. This tactileness is important, it is the essence and the soul of textile. I often do big pictures, that I need to braek down into smaller pieces so I can work them. Big things ned planning, scetching, patience. Inbetween I do the small pictures, the ones so handy, I can create them freely in the here and now.
They are like small happy jumps of joy!