His stitches cover the surface, and the shirt shrinks by more than half, becoming very thick.
Her stitches overlap themselves,and she repeats them to achieve dot-like shapes.
These images are from the Nui Project books, documents of the embroidery work made at a rehabilitation facility for mentally handicapped people in Kagoshima Japan, Shobu Gakuen. The Nui Project uses ready-made shirts as a base for embroidery. That the shirts become impossible to wear as they become distorted with embroidery stitches that have no names adds magic. Or nature.
"The work is composed within the constraints of the extremely narrow scope of the immediate visual field.......Staying within that narrow scope of the field of view, without a plan for the composition as a whole, generates an emergence, an unfolding, that evokes the beauty created by nature." Shin Fukumori, director of Kobo Shobu
The content in this post is taken from two books, Nui Project and Nui Project 2. The books were published in commemoration of the exhibition held at the creative growth art center in Oakland California in 2003, Fabulous Fabrics: Made in Japan, Yukiko Koide curator.
The books were recommended to me by Sandra Brownlee and by Karen Thiessen.