Tapestries are not patchwork or quilts. They are “paintings” made with textiles. Tapestry is a form of textile art, traditionally woven on a loom. Tapestries have been used since at least Hellenistic times. The famous Bayeux Tapestry, 70m long, depicts the events surrounding the Battle of Hastings and dates back to the 11th century. Strictly speaking, this is not a tapestry, since it is not woven, but embroidered.
Though not 70m long, my tapestries are also hand sewn. I apply two entirely different techniques.
Some of my tapestries are heavily embroidered. By adopting this technique, I am able to emphasize certain motifs, shapes and details.
On several of my tapestries I have put many layers of fabric on top of each other. Many of these fabrics are transparent to give an almost ethereal feel to the image. The fabrics are fastened on to a cloth background with big stitches. By using this technique, I add more depth to my tapestries and give them an impressionistic look.
As I am experimenting all the time, motifs, colours, and materials may vary quite a lot. Still, my favourite materials to work with are silk and lace due to their soft and luxurious textures.
My preferred motifs have, up to now, mainly been inspired by kitchenware and crockery but lately I have been inspired by travels to South Africa and around Provence in France.
Below you can see some of the tapestries I have created: