Embroidery Adds Textured Narratives to the Topics of Flore Gardner’s Stitched Photos


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April 14, 2022

Grace Ebert

All photographs © Flore Gardner, shared with permission

With a qualifications in drugs, Edinburgh-dependent artist Flore Gardner fosters a imaginative observe that explores the overall body and its untapped probable. She functions in an array of mediums from printmaking and ink-dependent illustrations to blended-media installations and fiber, pushing the restrictions of human anatomy into the realm of the absurd or subversive. No make any difference the materials, each and every function centers on a key interest in drawing and makes use of the similar approaches and principles that fill the pages of her notebooks.

Just one of Gardner’s series, titled (Her)Stories, overlays classic, black-and-white images largely sourced from flea marketplaces with lively stitches. As the title suggests, the selection focuses primarily on females, and the embroidered things obscure faces with dense patches, insert dimension to a subject’s system, or highlight their figures by drawing a distinction to the backdrop.

Revitalized with colour and texture, the portraits and posed group pictures choose on a new narrative with the artist’s thread drawings and “modify the ‘reality’ of the photographs, revealing hidden points beneath (eg. unseen bare bodies beneath wedding day outfits, invisible haloes, concealed feelings) or on the contrary hiding specific information (threads shroud the inevitably useless figures or ‘ghosts’).” She explains more:

The needle is an instrument for hurting and for healing—a photograph (or human pores and skin) can be broken by its remedy and simultaneously fixed/recreated. This needle makes hundreds of minimal holes in every single photograph, at the time a precious object, and these, together with the threads, change the flat, easy, untouchable photographic aid into a relief surface, which can be touched and even, in a specific way, study like Braille.

Gardner at present is performing on a publishing task funded by Imaginative Scotland and a collaborative functionality that will be presented at Edinburgh Fringe this August.


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