Medium: Freehand Machine Embroidery

Dimensions: Varies (please check each image above)

Year: 2020

I work across mediums with enviable ease: Photography, video, performance and installation are all a part of his practice. I often revisit themes and rituals from my ancestral home in my works - manipulated images of my family members, ceremonial flower arrangements and radically embroidered quilts offer hints into my upbringing in Turkey’s south. During the lockdown, I have started making freehand machine embroidery and tried to capture a vision for a post-pandemic future, along with a journey through my creative influences and history. 


When l start making each work with this medium, however, l make plans and layout all the yarn with colour coordination, in the end, improvisation leads me. The randomness of mistakes make sense when you look at the work from a few feet away. The process becomes quite satisfying after adding hundred meters of thread and suddenly an impression appears. 


First I prepare a digital collage and turn that into a physical work by using sewing machine embroidery. It takes a long time and involves a lot of improvisation as well as mistakes that lead me to take new directions. 

I particularly enjoyed sewing the section depicting a sack of thread or pile of textiles. While the thread is the fabric of the piece, it also becomes the object. I also noticed how time is captured when making these images. The needle with the thread; green, red, yellow, blue, shapes a memory. Two weeks elapse and these works remain. 

You can read a recent interview about my work and watch a video below to see the process.

© 2017 by Mustafa Boga