Love

“Love” of the Simple Words series.
The first work of my new project that combines lettering and hand embroidery. 

As always, my goal is to amalgamate various hand embroidery techniques and materials. Moreover, I aim to meld my longstanding passion for typography with my diverse embroidery skills. This project centers around communication; while words are easily read, the incorporation of embroidery offers a tactile means to embrace them.

Series
Simple Words
Year
2023
Size
20x30cm
Composition
Hand embroidery, mixed techniques

Simple Words

The current state of affairs is undeniably bleak, with an overwhelming amount of hatred, disasters, and pain. In light of this, there is a pressing need for something different, something that can offer solace and respite from the negativity.
This series of works endeavors to bring forth a counterbalance – something simple, yet profoundly essential:

Love, Hope, Faith, and Peace.

By focusing on these fundamental aspects of human existence, the aim is to provide a glimmer of positivity amidst the chaos, reminding people of the enduring values that uplift and unite.

 

Hand embroidery wall panel by Ksenia Semirova
Hand embroidery wall panel by Ksenia Semirova
Hand embroidery wall panel by Ksenia Semirova
Hand embroidery wall panel by Ksenia Semirova
Hand embroidery wall panel by Ksenia Semirova
Hand embroidery wall panel by Ksenia Semirova
Hand embroidery wall panel by Ksenia Semirova

Trapunto

Not canon, but a modified Trapunto technique was used to give the lettering composition a voluminous effect. This was accomplished through a harmonious combination of jersey fabric, wadding, and cotton yarns.

Goldwork techniques were employed to finalize the lettering composition. Vintage Japanese flat yarn was artfully combined with delicate metallic thread, resulting in a refined beige-pink hue. The composition was further elevated through the inclusion of French wire, transparent beads, and hand-twisted metallic cord.

Luneville

The Luneville (or tambour) technique was employed to craft the background. The desired effect of a brushed metal surface, reminiscent of a shield, was achieved through a skillful combination of Ito and Madeira threads.

Simple Words: Love. Wall Panel

“Love” from the Simple Words series seamlessly integrates lettering with hand embroidery, showcasing a fusion of diverse techniques and materials. This piece embodies a passion for typography alongside expert embroidery skills. Amidst a world often clouded by negativity, “Love” offers a beacon of positivity. The modified Trapunto technique lends volume to the lettering, while goldwork techniques enhance its elegance with vintage Japanese flat yarn and delicate metallic threads. The Luneville technique creates a brushed metal surface effect for the background, evoking strength and resilience.

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