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Japanese textile artist Teresa Lim has her fingers busy in many directions! You can check out the body of her work at her website teeteeheehee.com.
Teresa graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts with a First Class B(a) Honors in Fashion Design and Textiles. Her personal design philosophy is to fuse three of her interests together: Illustrations, Embroidery and surface pattern design. Her designs seek to blur the lines and boundaries between being an illustrator and a textile designer. She gets inspired by books and characters she meets on a daily basis.
At the age of 24, she has showcased her works in exhibitions and fashion shows in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and in Tokyo. Her favorite color is green (so she doesn’t eat vegetables but thats a terrible excuse really) and she loves traveling.
Images of her ‘Sew Wanderlust‘ series have been popping up on the web lately, and I wanted to check out her work more closely. As she travels the world, she embroiders small pieces reflecting the scenery and location. Most of us take photographs that we look back on to remember our travels. But the act of taking pictures also takes you out of being in the moment where you are. I know, I’m a pretty passionate amateur photographer and there are many technical things I’m thinking about when taking the shot – light, composition, angle, etc. I’m in the place I’m photographing, but also distancing myself from it.
Embroidering the scene you are looking at makes it personal and connecting. Teresa is certainly making decisions and choices (which shade green should I use, what type of stitch best conveys what I’m seeing), but I think she goes into the scene more intimately and creates another layer of memories and experiences by doing so. She must stitch quickly! I feel it would take me quite a chunk of time to stitch up those scenes!
After she stitches it up, THEN she takes a photo of her outstretched hand holding her gem of an embroidery, showing the viewer the double layer of her travel memory. I think my favorite part of the image is her outstretched hand. It’s our hands that create the art using textiles. Our busy hands, working away to capture a bit of the world we see. Check out this video about her travels and her work:
Please visit Teresa’s website and see just how busy this young woman is!