This project offered an opportunity to explore personal spiritual needs and look into Slavic pre-Christian history. As a result, the pagan cult of the Sun and its visual interpretation inspired the project. The concept of transformation, flow, and the different states of the Sun (say, the “night” or “underground” sun) resulted in the creation of various patterns that were then interpreted through embroidery.
Modern Mystic Arts and the Power of Colour
This project was proposed in response to the brief “Modern Mystic Arts and the Power of Colour” for the Hand & Lock embroidery competition 2023. Unfortunately, it did not make it to the finals.
An interpretation of the traditional Russian festive headpiece – the Kokoshnik.
The design reflects the primary motif, with shapes that are actually enlarged pieces of motifs intersecting with one another. It features creative pearl embroidery, hand-dyed cotton cords, soutache, pearls, glass beads, and French wire.
Evening (Festive) Dress
A chiffon maxi dress adorned with velvet appliqué and hand embroidery.
Featuring 17 rows of semiprecious beads and glass beads. The hand-dyed cotton cords.
Unlike the historic examples, a modern clasp is used instead of ribbons, giving it a contemporary feel.
Night Sun in Motion
Although the project did not make it to the finals, I view this setback as an opportunity for growth and learning. I remain committed to exploring the connection between spirituality and art on my creative journey.