Embroidery is one of the most demanding, time-consuming and fiddly ways to put an image on canvas. Nonetheless, there lies my passion. First time I tried cross stitching, I was five years old, and it took me another ten years to figure that it is a pretty cool and yet quite mellow way to channel the love for my favourite musicians that influenced me over the years. From a Russian primary school across the world to an Australian university, my needle and thread always find a canvas.
Between my epic Depeche Mode embroidered poster (nearly 1m2 of tiny cross stitches in 45 colours that took 7 years to complete) and a half a dozen of tiny pixel art tributes to The Cure, Kraftwerk and Nick Cave, lies my personal favourite piece, my pride and joy - a posterised portrait of wonderfully gifted Alan Wilder, then member of Depeche Mode, as seen on the cover of November 1984 issue of International Musician and Recording World magazine. It took me more than a year to complete this canvas. The following description was kindly written by my closest and most supportive friend, Amber Bursens:
"This is a work that was born out of great passion, for cross-stitching as well as music. In it, you can feel the artist’s grand Love for Alan Wilder and what she does, for Love is a prominent feeling in all her works. When you look into the eyes, it’s like they are looking at you, depicting every feeling that was felt while making this work; therefore, it’s also as if she herself is looking at you. It’s a work that immediately captures the heart.
The secret is time: as always, the artist took her time stitching this work, on a big scale with much detail giving a result comparable with a photograph, and working on it on free moments, in many different moods. All of those moods have dripped into the embroidery through her fingertips. She used an accurate set of colours with prominent yellows, which are soothing to the eye.
Patience, Quality and Love are the keywords of this work: in that way, it is both a typical example of her embroideries and unique in its own way. A diary on cloth."
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