Materials and techniques
Machine embroidery, with multi-layered threads in silk, cotton, rayon and metal. The work is framed with perspex/glass.
AK states: The technique is machine embroidery, with multi-layered threads in silk, cotton, rayon and metal. In this medium work is slow - the area covered is always by the same size of needle, how big the hanging. The process of stitching is very straightforward - no foot on the sewing machine so the needle is akin to a pen. I change the balance between the top and bottom tensions continuously so the variety of threads are mixed. The stitching allows me to break away from a flat surface so thereby exploit a greater variety of texture and depth in how the light falls on the surface. Other areas such as the heads of figures are more deliberately moulded into relief.