What a great feeling it was to finish my work far before the deadline given… As you may know, I’m participating in Pauline Nijenhuis’ art project Hand@Work. With 5 artists in total we are battling against an embroidery machine and investigating the results. See my earlier post http://artyembroidery.com/battle-against-embroidery-machine/.
So this summer no sandy beaches or remote islands for me. I was busy embroidering this pattern (see below). All the white areas had to be embroidered on a printed cotton fabric. The print on the fabric, was a copy of a painting Pauline made inspired by the photo Kruispunt (see on top of this article).
Pauline Nijenhuis and team
Here you see Pauline designing the pattern.
Pauline had invited 4 women artists to participate in the project. You see them here below. We all embroidered the same design, ad so did the embroidery machine of the Textiel Museum Tilburg. We worked individually at home, but had contact when we wanted to in a What’s app group. It gave me fun and inspiration.
There were some “rules”:
1.We would all stitch in the same direction: vertically stitches were only permitted.
2.We would use the (6 parts) Dmc Yarn
3. We would embroider the pattern
4. We would keep a log of our embroidery-process
Somehow I had some trouble starting the work. Later I heard I wasn’t the only one… It had to do with not being used to work in someone else’s way. Making very long stitches, working vertically, using this fabric… But of course I wanted to give my best. I didn’t want to deliver low quality work… as a result of that I didn’t started to work at all… procrastination had got into my way. In the log I kept, I wrote about it. Having too little faith, being afraid of judgement of others… it all came by.
But of course I started. Someway. Somehow.
Needless to say I wasn’t always happy with my results. Here you see an example of stitches I removed later. To messy in my opinion… As you may understand that took some extra time. Friends of mine encouraged me to stop correcting things. Good is good enough, they said.
After some weeks I got the spirit. My speed in embroidering increased. I got more fun. I was more satisfied with my results. And above all I became very curious about the work of the embroidery machine and my team mates. What would be the difference?
As time went by the pressure to finish in time increased. So I decided also to embroider outside my house, while “on the move”. In the train to work… in the metro… when visiting family… Meanwhile I got some nice reactions from train conductors and fellow travelers. A woman told me I lighted up her whole day. And other people gave me looks, just looks.
My efforts were rewarded, at the beginning of September I finished the work. I was happy and satisfied. Yes!
From October 12 till January 5, project Hand@Work will be exhibited at the CBK (Centre for Visual Arts) Emmen. The project consists of all the embroidered works, an installation and a short documentary of the making process. Project Hand@Work is a part of the solo exhibition Hand Schrift (Hand Writing) of Pauline Nijenhuis, consisting of photo’s, paintings and installations.
Besides that Tessa, Hinke and Marjolein exhibit a work of their own there, me also. I will show Neolitic Times, inspired by an archeological site on Cyprus. See also http://artyembroidery.com/sampler-diary-cyprus/.
I’m looking forward to the exhibition, can’t wait to see Pauline’s work. If you would like to know more about it, see https://www.cbkemmen.nl/tentoonstellingen/hand-schrift.
The place to be
CBK Emmen, De Fabriek (the factory), Ermerweg 88b, Emmen, Thursday till Sunday 13.00 – 17.00 hours
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