A close-up of the square of amber embroidery in a weave pattern, on white fabric

Enmesh

Working largely with patterns on grid paper for most of 2017-2018 I found myself seeking to manifest one of these patterns – these drafts – in a more permanent, physical form. Embroidery intersects with both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art; flat enough to mount on your wall, yet you can feel its form between your fingers. Fabric also conveniently forms a grid – the perfect vessel for these ideas.

Enmesh is the third of these patterns manifest in embroidered form. This was one I was especially excited to see on the fabric. Though it was slow going – a denser pattern than my previous attempts – I couldn’t wait to see the dimensional interaction between the woven design and the positive and negative spaces carved by the thread. To date, this is my favourite embroidered work.