By utilizing various embroidery styles — ranging from seemingly random stitches of different colors, to pattern-like stitches of single or complementing hues — Zexter is able to either create a different visual “feel” or amplify a certain mood in the original photographs. It’s also worth noting that aside from digital prints, Zexter also uses gelatin silver prints made in a darkroom for her mixed media series.
Zexter, who has an MFA degree in photography, says sewing and embroidering on the photos is her way of redefining her practice.
“For me, sewing was another way to build up a surface and to build upon the content of my photographs. I loved the meditative process of sewing – it was in such contrast to the technologically more immediate art of photography. The combination of sewing and photography brought together two very different processes that I love. The use of embroidery is a reaction to the photographs and is a process that aids in the transformation of identity of the person or place being photographed.”
“I always think of the photograph as something from the past and the thread as a reaction to the past and present. The thread makes the photograph more personal to me and allows me to meditate on the image. Combining the two mediums (photography and sewing) allows me to reinvent the photograph; to visually react to a person or a place.”
All information and photos for this article were sourced from Beautiful Decay.
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