Sashiko stitching is a functional embroidery from Japan. Boro is the Japanese art of mending. To boro was once a necessity to extend the life of a garment for the common people of Japan. These garments were passed down for generations.
Kantha, employed by Makers in rural SouthEast Asia as a utilitarian and decorative function, often to up cycle well loved materials.
These terms are recent to my vocabulary. However, I've implemented the running stitch, aka the line stitch or basting stitch, in my work for decades. I love knowing that this basic hand sewing technique, depending upon the thread weight and/or length of stitch, have been used to Make throughout the world, for centuries, with tools of various mediums for both utilitarian and decorative purpose.
My needles and threads are my painting tools for composition. Can't imagine my life without them or the stitch.
Currently, I am under the spell of Junko Oki and Akiko Ike. I am strongly inspired by the spirit of their work.
Just finished: Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren * The beauty of things imperfect.
From Wisdom of the Soul on creativity: It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. (Herman Melville)