In Romanian folk tales, the fate of a newborn baby is decided by 3 Ursitoare, 3 mythological beings who spin and wove his/her future. They are very much similar to the Ancient Greek Moirai (as in Fate). Given the fact that since birth we are put under the sign of embroideries, patterns which connect the scattered threads of individual’s destinies, I decided to write a post on them 🙂
The first thing that comes to my mind is Marjane Satrapi’s Embroideries, an enchanting graphic novel about 6 Iranian women who come together, talking about marriage, love, their hopes and dreams. Their words, stories and emotions intertwine, creating an embroidery in black and white.
From this particular type of embroidery, the mind takes a leap and reaches the (obvious) next stop: Islamic calligraphy- mixture of text, image, surface, glaze, which come together, this time, on a wall.
And talking about a wall, one can sometimes find a different kind of embroidery, in the making: street art, with its (re)use of textures and different media in an overlaying/overlapping game:
To end this excursus through what might be taken as an “embroideries mood board”, I chose an image which is part of “Stories from Gabriela Dumitran Atelier.”:
“Fascination of a veil fascinator. Chapter by chapter, thread by thread, petal by petal.”