Embroidered Porcelain Dishware by Diem Chau

Embroidered Porcelain Dishware by Diem Chau

Kimber Watson
Aug 5, 2010

We were briefly introduced to Diem Chau last year in this post, Amazing Embroidery from Gallery Hanahou, and now I just can't get enough of Chau's work. Be it her signature embroidery on porcelain dishware or her carved totem crayons, Chau's small-scale pieces are intricate works of art yet charmingly simplistic.

Chau, a Seattle-based artist, uses ordinary found objects as the base for her embroidery or carved wax portraits. According to Chau, her work creates "delicate vignettes of fleeting memory, gesture and form, resulting in works that combine egalitarian sensibility and minimalist restraint."

Simply put, Chau's work is often about memories, real or imagined, which she uses to tell her story. She often works from photos of distant family members she's never met, which appear as faint embroidered figures floating on white porcelain dishes. But it's in the unexpected details of her work that she uses to draw the viewer into her narrative. A red thread emerging from the subjects mouth relates back to the process of storytelling while another dish showing two hands being connected by thread emphasizes the weight of symbolic gestures.

If your interested in learning more about the artist, you can check out Chau's website here. For an in-depth look at the process she uses to create her embroidered dishes (photos 6 and 7), check out this informative section on her blog.

Images: Diem Chau

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