The artifacts produced for Stitches:Interstices have been selected to be part of Making It Real, a juried exhibition of digitally fabricated objects organized by OCAD University faculty members Jesse Jackson and Greg Sims, with the assistance of Gregory Phillips of Spandrel Media. The exhibition takes place May 14-28 as part of the Toronto International Jewellery Festival and coincides with the Society of North American Goldsmiths’ 2013 conference, Meta-Mosaic.
The following work was presented as part of the Stitches: Souzhou Fast Forward exhibition at the WORKshop gallery in Toronto.
The following pieces critically engage the Suzhou tradition of embroidery, which can be understood through a sequence of increasing dimensions. First, a zero dimensional point punctures a fabric plane. Next, a one dimensional thread is passed through the fabric. Then, by continuous looping of these actions, the thread begins to suggest a two dimensional surface. Finally, the complex layering of stitches registers a three dimensional volume of thread, which in Suzhou embroidery focuses upon detailed pictorial representation on one side, if not both, of the threaded volume.
In this sense, embroidery can be understood as the approximation of a two or three-dimensional object by the accumulation of one-dimensional thread.
A mathematical equivalent is found in the Quaternion Julia fractal, where a zero dimensional point set is connected by one dimensional lines, suggesting a two dimensional surface which itself approximates a three dimensional solid volume. Collectively, the iteration of this process for multiple three dimensional volumes, suggests an object in four spatial dimensions from which each volume had been derived.