Lady Slipper Black

With this wall panel – Lady Slipper Black – I'm starting a new series – the Tropical Garden.
The project goal is to research a sophisticated nature of the tropical garden through visual experiments with hand embroidery.

A tropical garden is full of complex textures, inspiring colors and unexpected combinations. I intend to produce a range of artworks that will depict a personal interpretation of all these notions.
The key element of all objects will be a Lady Slipper Orchid that has a complex, or better to say, dual-nature.

Year
2022
Type of Project
Personal
Series
Tropical Garden

Black Orchid is my favorite flower

The very first discovery was that black orchid can be a Lady Slipper. Probably, this discovery affected the color palette choice for the first panel.

Originally, I've planned this composition as 0.1 – the test of idea. During the work, I've realized that the result looked more than a sample, but complete artwork. Additionally, it became clear that I cannot accommodate all my ideas into one piece. So, I decided to produce a series of outcomes that hold my experiments with color, textures and, above all, my creative interpretation of traditional Russian .

Lady Slipper Black wall panel. Tropical Garden Series. Contemporary embroidery
Lady Slipper Black wall panel. Tropical Garden Series. Contemporary embroidery
Lady Slipper Black wall panel. Tropical Garden Series. Contemporary embroidery
Lady Slipper Black wall panel. Tropical Garden Series. Contemporary embroidery
Lady Slipper Black wall panel. Tropical Garden Series. Contemporary embroidery
Lady Slipper Black wall panel. Tropical Garden Series. Contemporary embroidery
Lady Slipper Black wall panel. Tropical Garden Series. Contemporary embroidery
Lady Slipper Black wall panel. Tropical Garden Series. Contemporary embroidery
Lady Slipper Black wall panel. Tropical Garden Series

Mixing flat and voluminous

The whole composition consists of various hand-embroidered elements: the large stumpwork orchid in the center is flanked by a range of segments made of tambour (Luneville) and techniques.

Interpreting Creatively

In the composition, ancient pearl embroidery technique – cord sitting – was interpreted through playing with cord color (hand-dyed), its thickness and combining various types of yarns (hand-twisted).

Combining materials

The orchid is a mix of different types of threads such as mohair (including hand-dyed), metallic, cotton, silk and synthetic.

For the flat segments, there were used flat (4mm) sequins, multicolored cotton and synthetic threads, various types of beads (glass and natural stone).