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THE SAVOURY EMBROIDERY
繡色可餐

刺繍是一門古老的民間藝術,在世界各地都有著不同的發展歷史與技術特點。這種慢工出細活的手工藝以針引線,在織物上繍出各式各樣的圖案,無論在題材、技巧或功能上,都反映出各地人民的生活習俗、思想與智慧。隨著時代與技術發展,刺繍逐漸擺脫傳統的枷鎖,發展出 各式各樣的風格,當中立體刺繍於近年大行其道,成為年輕人的時尚玩意。來自日本的刺繍藝術家Ipnot,以針線為畫筆,繍出一個個精緻小巧、栩栩如生的微縮食物模型,創造出使人耳目一新的微型世界,叫人飄蕩於慢時光的美好內。

不走畫家路 自學法式結粒繡
出生於藝術世家,父母都是畫家,自己卻總是對繪畫提不起興趣,她曾於一次訪問中戲謔,自己是家裡最缺乏藝術天賦的。 然而,她卻受到擅長刺繡的外婆影響,在耳濡目染下,開始接觸刺繡。當時她還沒有開始認真對待這門手藝,只是與繪畫相比,刺繡更吸引她的目光,偶爾會跟外婆學刺繡。長大後,與我們很多人一樣,Ipnot曾經對自己的人生感到迷惘。打過不同的工,嘗試過不同範疇,仍然找不著自己真正喜歡的事,如大海中一艘迷失方向的小船,浮浮沉沉,對生活失去熱誠與前進動力。婚後辭掉工作,成為全職家庭主婦,一次於市集閒逛,被一幅刺繡產品深深吸引,心想也許自己也可以做一幅刺繡作品,這種適合在家做的手工藝,為她乏味的日常生活增添了不少趣味。

作為名副其實的'吃貨',Ipnot參照自己喜愛的食物,開啟她的刺繡之路。從書店買來很多教材,從網上訂購大量繡線,更專門從京都買來最細的針,自己鑽研起來。眾多刺繡風格中,她獨愛立體感強的法國結粒繡,這種刺繡手法像繪畫描點畫一樣,把線穿過織物的同時打出一個結,再把點逐漸聚集成面,加強顏色漸變感,視覺上更為逼真。Ipnot最享受過程中見證作品'一點一點'地改變,常常邊刺邊想,要把不能吃的刺繡食物做的好吃,滿足自己對美食的慾望,就這樣把刺繡融入生活,以活潑的針法繡出一個個惟妙惟肖的微型食物刺繡。

別樹一格的刺繡日記
刺繡是Ipnot紀錄日常生活的一種方式,她的創作隨心所欲,平時想到什麼,看到什麼,就做什麼,點開她的Instagram,盡是輕鬆治癒的生活小物。令人垂涎三尺的芝士拉絲熱狗、被偷咬了一半的朱古力曲奇、悄悄從一堆雞蛋中探出頭來的小雞……一個個無比可愛的口袋刺繡,都紀錄了她每天的所思所見所想。

她有一個「501 Embroidery」計劃,決心做501個大小不超過500日元硬幣的作品,而為什麼是501呢?很簡單,5月1號是她的生日,所以這個可愛的小挑戰誕生了。作品雖小,但繡起來絕不容易,要做如此細小的刺繡,考驗技術之餘,更要具備充足的專注力、耐力及眼力。她曾透露,每件作品的製作過程最少8小時,有的更要兩至三日,因她要先找參照物,再在織物上畫出來,而每個刺繡所用的線,都要由五百多種顏色的線裡挑選出來的。儘管如此,這個計劃對她而言依然意義重大,每件小作品,都充滿了生活的瑣碎和甜蜜,是最治癒心靈的日記。

對生活重燃熱情
起初只是以刺繡打發時間,Ipnot從未想過會成為一個刺繡藝術家。開始把作品拍下來並上載至Instagram後,單純希望為作品留個紀念,無心插柳之舉竟引來極大迴響,至今她的帳號已有逾9萬人追蹤。她可愛的作品會讓人不禁莞爾,這種療癒系的口袋刺繡,深受年輕一代歡迎,亦為終日勞碌奔波的都市人帶來一絲喘息空間。2017年5月,她的作品更於Chanel的一個投稿比賽中取得前五名的亮眼成績,並受品牌邀請以藝術家身份參加活動,這對她而言,無疑是最大的肯定。當初一個不起眼的家庭主婦,又怎會想到自己竟會獲得這個多少人夢寐以求的機會。

曾經對生活提不起勁的少女,憑著對身邊細小事物獨特的審美,以刺繡為本來匱乏的生活帶來動力,重燃對生活的熱情。生活,就是要不斷追尋興趣與夢想,探索自己存在的位置。我們不需要求自己卓越,只需找到屬於自己的好拍檔,與它一起奮鬥,每天進步一點點,快樂便會隨之而來。

撰文:許佩琳
美術:王曉澄

Embroidery is an antique folk art that has been practiced all over the world for decades, and it has developed into different styles due to historical and geographical factors. There are various themes, tools and techniques across the world, representing the precious wisdom of our ancestors and unique culture of different regions. Nowadays, embroidery has grown into a creative endeavor that is particularly popular among contemporary artists, pushing the boundaries of its meanings and limits. The younger generation are especially in love with 3D stitchery which goes beyond the traditional flat circle with flowing threads. Using needle as paint brush, Japanese embroidery artist Ipnot creates a miniature food embroidery world, showing the world that there’s no limit to creativity and innovation.

A self- taught embroidery artist
Ipnot was born into an artist family as both her parents are painters, while she’s not interested in painting at all. Instead, she picked up embroidery from her grandma, and it was merely a leisure activity for her that she did not go in-depth into it during her childhood. Just like many of us, she felt lost and empty in life as she still could not figure out what she really want to do and the meaning of life after trying different kind of jobs. She quit her full-time job and became a housewife after getting married, thus having a lot of spare time every day. One day when roaming aimlessly at a local market, she was stunned by a great embroidery artwork. Then an idea came up on her mind, ‘Why not creating one by myself when I have nothing to do at home?’, and this is how she started embroidery again.

As a true foodie, she took inspiration from her favorite food and started to craft some miniature food that she could hold in the palm of her hand. Ipnot is a completely self-taught embroidery artist, that she learnt all the skills either from internet or from books. Among different types of hand embroidery, she has chosen French knot, which is done by wrapping thread around the needle, to represent her own style as it is her favorite type of stitch. Her works are so lifelike that people may believe they can really be eaten if just simply look at the pictures on her Instagram, since she always tries to make her work visually appealing and appetizing. Her realistic imitations of sweet and savory treats successfully steer the classic craft towards the contemporary, enhancing the realism of embroidery.

The most unique Embroidery diary
Most of her inspiration comes from daily life, and embroidery is as though a diary recording her thoughts, feelings and opinions. Her senses will be provoked when she’s communicating with different people or going out to various places, so basically she gets inspiration anytime and anywhere. Browsing her Instagram is as if flipping through the pages of her diary, seeing what she saw and experiencing what she experienced.

She has been working on a project called ‘501 Embroidery’, producing 501 pieces of small embroidery works which are as small as Japanese 500 yen coin as her birthday is on 1st May. Tiny works doesn’t mean easy job. It takes her at least 8 hours to finish a piece of work, and sometimes even two to three days for a complicated one. All of these teeny-tiny embroidered masterpieces require tremendous amount of patience and perseverance, let alone her skills. Also, she has to select the most suitable thread for each one of her work from 500 colors of embroidery thread. Each one of her work is telling its own unique story, and her daily life actually resides in her embroidery works.

Regaining Faith in life
Embroidery was just a hobby that makes her life more beautiful and meaningful, and she simply wanted to share her works with those who also love embroidery by posting her works on Instagram. Her vivid and adorable embroideries in no doubt appeals to the younger generation’s creative taste buds as the numbers of her followers on Instagram has almost reached to 9.5K, and she marvels at the tremendous achievements too. In May 2017, she was even invited as an artist by Chanel to attend its exhibition, which is a dream of many people across the world. Ipnot has spent years enhancing her embroidery and she continues to explore the possibilities of embroidery.

Embroidery enables her to find the true passion of her life and outrun a boring life. She is able to hold the bliss by her own hands. She is the happiest when she’s embroidering, and she wants to embroider as long as time permits. Our passions are the winds that propel our vessel, so let’s figure out our passion together and let it empower us, just like how embroidery enpowers Ipnot.

Text: Natalie Hui
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #242

THE SAVOURY EMBROIDERY

 

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