The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Adriana Paice

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Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Adriana Paice is a mixed-media artist from London.

'Fragments' by Adriana Paice. Photograph by Colin Ross

Her recent installation – Fragments – used conductive thread, sensors and sound files to create an interactive experience incorporating the poetry of Ri Pierce-Grove.

'Fragments' by Adriana Paice. Photograph by Colin Ross

“Three digital images of the city lovingly recomposed in stitch as tapestries anchor the exhibition. They explore the texture, both physical and psychological, of urban spaces. Each piece responds to the viewer, whose presence unlocks a fragment of poetry a strip of intimate experience peeled from another life and laid down in words.

'Fragments' by Adriana Paice. Photograph by Colin Ross

“Each tapestry is flanked by two panels embroidered with single lines of verse in silk and touch sensitive thread. Visitors are invited to reach out and touch these panels, tracing the contours of the stitched words with their fingertips to release a piece of poetry that whispers out from the canvas. Each panel contains its own cycle of verse, which is exposed one element at a time by repeated encounters.”

'Fragments' by Adriana Paice. Photograph by Colin Ross

 

This is clever stuff. Adriana creates abstract pieces features close up shots of urban decay – walls and surfaces with flaked paint – which expose the beauty contained within a world we think is falling apart.

'Fragments' by Adriana Paice. Photograph by Colin Ross

Then comes the introduction of the interactive element, inviting people to physically connect with the work to unlock additional meaning and narrative. A smart idea, executed with elegant simplicity.

'Fragments' by Adriana Paice. Photograph by Colin Ross

 

For a true sense of the installation, make yourself comfortable and watch this video. Adriana’s work combines new technology with traditional textile art and unlocks a new world of interactive possibility. I cannot wait to see what comes next.

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