Kochi-based embroidery artist Priya Sreekumar can do wonders with just a needle and thread

Representative image of the art of embroidery

A renaissance of embroidery is underway. With just a needle and thread, Kochi-based artist Priya Sreekumar has sculpted her space in the slow, meditative art of embroidery. Priya has made her foray into the art world with paper crafts. To further immerse herself in the artwork, she even ran a business venture while in college. Going with papercraft for a while, the youngster decided to explore other art forms. Before the first wave of Covid-19, Priya tried the slow and fragile art of hand embroidery. “I wanted to explore art that I could take with me on my travels. Since papercraft is a messy art, it is difficult to carry around when traveling. And that’s when I saw the art of embroidery and it gives everyone the freedom to travel with their art,” says Priya.

A few YouTube tutorials later, Priya saw herself diving into the world of embroidery. She claims the art form has helped her deal with the lockdown blues. Her label ‘Priya Sreekumar’ has embroidery art on all kinds of mediums, be it shoes, bags, jackets, bookmarks, hats, pendants, key chains, portraits and illustrations on the art of the hoop, the list is endless. “If you have an idea, the art of embroidery can be done in any medium,” she adds.

Embroidery is a slow art and takes a lot of effort, she says. “It’s a soothing and exciting art too. The therapeutic art form also comes with a set of challenges. If one point goes wrong, you have to start it again. The possibilities are immense when it comes to the art of embroidery,” she says. The stitches used are mostly basic stitches, such as back stitch, satin stitch, stem stitch, French knots, etc.

“One can do any art knowing only the basic stitches. It is comfortable to work with the basic stitches. I also sometimes do complex art using advanced methods,” says Priya. art is about self-expression. As an artist, all Priya tries to do is communicate and connect with people through her art. “You have to make a person feel deep, then you created art,” she says.