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My Father's Tears


Swedish Embassy,  Tokyo





My father’s Tears is a work combining the shibori technique “Itajime” with screen-printed patterns.

My cotton fabrics are folded, bundled tightly between wooden blocks and dyed to create layers of patterns. The calculated repetitions start developing into a story. Eventually, the convergence of the by-technology-enhanced repetitions and the handmade deviations, are what open to interpretation.

This project was my first invitation to Japan as one of the artists featured in the exhibition “Plenitude”. It was an important milestone that introduced me to a large international network of contacts in the field and led to many more enriching trips to far corners of the world.

"Elsa has studied and developed pattern repetition and variation, producing a hybrid of influences and techniques."

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