Traditionally, embroidery is performed with a needle and thread by stitching into a woven fabric. A wide array of patterns can be created by repeating similar motifs and altering their arrangement. Using traditional embroidery as the frame of reference, I experiment with the themes and possibilities that are introduced when employing unconventional materials. This manipulation transforms both the materials’ intended use but additionally, the methodology from which it is based. I find this approach reflective of many of the scientific processes I use in the laboratory where natural mechanisms are modified for distinctly different outcomes.
Denature, 2019, Gutter guard and soft plastic garden tie, 1580 mm x 9300 mm.