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Tine Wessel

TINE WESSEL 

Tine wessel

SAY IT WITH NEEDLE AND THREAD

Broidery is often associated with grandmothers, table napkins, and motives of flowers. But for 39 year old Tine Wessel, broidery is more than just an old artistic craft of needle, thread, and stitches. 

“Broidery has a fantastic way of storytelling. With the needle you can tell stories and express messages,” says the modern artist.

MORE THAN JUST A CLASSICAL WOMAN'S ART 
A portrait of Nelson Mandela where his face conjures are embroidered with a machine, and his hair embroidered by hand in French knots or statements written with a needle and a thread like Iconic is the new ironic. That is just some of the results, when Tine mixes contemporary trends with the classic women´s art of broidery.

But for Tine, broidery is more than just an art associated with women.

“Broidery has never been accepted as a form of art. It has just been something women did at home. For that reason, I do not feel like being defined alongside artistic craftsmanship. I would like for people to see broidery as more than just stitches and embroidered pillows,” she says. 

UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES
One of the things Tine considers an advantage within broidery is its unlimited potential.

“Broidery can do so much. It can lead you in so many ways. There are at least 180 different kind of stiches and each one can be explored. You can tighten or loosen the thread or you can work with different kind of thread all together.”

But Tine keeps getting new ideas differing from what would normally be associated with classic broidery. For instance, she mixes many different techniques from broidery made in hand and by machine to broidering on different materials like tulle, soluble plastic, and portrait photos. 

THE NEEDLE HAS A POINT
It is important for Tine that the broidery has meaning. That is why the mantra the needle has a point is a reoccurring thing in her work. Embroidery is a process of meditation and relaxation, but it also means a lot that the needle is able to tell a story and express messages, she says. If people react to what the eye can see, then Tine is satisfied:

“It doesn´t matter how they react, but I hope they are moved. That they can see that I thought about it and that the expression in my art is influencing them in some way.” 

"I CAN´T JUT SIT AND WAIT"
Only a few years ago, Tine graduated from School of Needlework specializing in broidery. But even before she started on her education, she was convinced of her path. For almost seven years, she has been occupied with broidery and has done it daily. 

“I can´t help it. The broidery makes me happy and calm,” she explains.

And even though not many make a living from broidery, Tine´s dream is still alive:

“I don´t know how broidery would be received. Maybe I´m the one ahead, but I can´t just sit and wait,” she finishes.

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