Tokyo-based textile artist Mana Morimoto creates these amazing compositions by carefully arranging embroidery threads on pictures. The resulting images find their place outside of traditional notions of arts and crafts. Thereby her artistic work has a simple origin: ‘I started working with threads because I wasn’t happy with my life. I was at a point where I felt like I needed to start creating something with my hands. I find stitching and weaving therapeutic and I feel like I have finally found something I’m good at doing and want to continue doing.’ It began with an old tin box full of beads and embroidery treads collected when she was a child. Later she embellished a friend’s painting with her needle works, embroidered some friends’ photos, magazine pages, record covers, gratings, tickets stub and concert tickets. Today she is weaving on a loom, creating terrific and magical works.
All images © Mana Morimoto