I’ve been meaning to share this for a while now, but something or other was always supposedly more important or interesting. No more! 🙂
Jordan Nassar creates intricate, painting-like embroideries that mix traditional stitching with a modern approach, color scheme or subject-matter – or all of them.
The way he repeats a simple stitch en masse and creates an image with color (in contrast to varying the stitching) is fascinating:
Also intriguing are the pieces with rows of traditional symbols that, beneath an unaltered row, are reflected or refracted:
On his About page, Nassar’s work is described like this:
“Nassar’s work addresses the intersection of craft, language, history, (geo)politics, and technology. Beginning with the intricacies of identity and cultural participation, as a Palestinian- American, Nassar treats traditional craft more as medium than topic, examining subjects such as cultural heritage, ownership, exchange and absorption; emigrant nostalgia for the ‘homeland’ and its generational repercussions; geography, politics, and orientalism; symbology, codes and language systems; superstition and religious belief; post-internet visual language; and representational and geometric abstraction.”
I think my favorites are the monochrome pieces that remind me of traditional Finnish textiles like ryijy or käspakka. Of course it helps that his are my favorite color, blue! 🙂
Found via design*sponge.
Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.