CAN EMBROIDERY REPRESENT BOTH STRENGTH AND FRAGILITY?
I love the fragility and also the splendor of peony in my hometown, which could represent both strength and fragility of residence in Loess Plateau. And also it represents the birth and rebirth and the whole life cycle, which displays a transformation and fresh look of Loess Plateau.
project mood board — the concept of Jin Evolutionism
embroidery sample — Translate my painting for Loess Plateau into embroidery
3D embroidery test
Embroidery sample on body
process: material research
Experimenting and making process
stitch and color test
Loess Plateau was barren and arid in the last century, the soil erosion was extremely serious. Coal mining was the pillar industry, while it caused irreversible damage to the local environment and ecosystem. As a result, local residents and the government have to make changes for the sustainable development of Shanxi. They struggled with their fate, began to reclaimed wasteland, and opened up the terraced fields to keep water and soil, which can be used as agricultural land. At the same time, the government encouraged local people to plant a special peony that could press oil instead of coal mining.
I use painting and embroidery as my personal unique language to describe our local cultural identity and transformation of the environment and ecosystem. I hope to convey the sense of fragility and strength behind the changes in the environment of my hometown through the contrast of the different textures created by the embroidery thread.