Madstitch is an original sewing art and a wondrous visual world full of surprises developed by textile artist Ditte Sorensen. Ditte sews pictures on a sewing machine and combines ancient craft traditions with new media. All original images are based on either fabric, or sewn paper collages, where many works contain hidden surprises, such as auditory impressions as QR codes with “spoken words” and other quirky stories.
“I sew my artworks, freehand embroidery, on my old Bernina sewing machine. My working methods and approach are constantly experimenting. I explore and test the limits, both in my visual expression, as well as in my techniques and my use of methods. I see it a bit like my playground. It also drives me to constantly challenge myself and try something new and often many things happen between the first idea to the finished work. The genesis of my works have great relationship with the story I would like to convey. It is often with a love for the odd angles or in some way socially relevant”, Ditte Sørensen explains.
It starts as a sketch on paper and ends as drawings of thread
One of the Madstitch artworks is a portrait of Holger Danske where the title has been found in H.C. Andersens story about the old viking – the guardian of Denmark. Ditte Sørensen wanted to make a parallel to the cultural history in a time where Denmark is at war abroad, but peace are found in the homeland. The artwork is called “Vågn op Holger Danske – skibene sejler forbi og hilser “bum” “bum” (Wake up Holger Danske – the ships are sailing by and greet “bum” “bum”) which is H.C. Andersens opening line in his story about the old viking. The artwork is made as a sewn collage of old danish maps, where Ditte Sørensen has transferred the colours from the maps with glue and iron to a cotton canvas.
In the Madstich collection you can also find a series of artworks, that are anything but fairytales. They are about vanity and the fear of dying. The result is three portraits, that are sewn on water-soluble fabric. After sewing the fabric is washed away, the threads are dried and placed in a transparent frame where they are pressed. The intention is to portray the fact that we will all disappear one day. Every portrait has an auditive impression – a QR-code hidden in an earring. The codes can be scanned with a mobile phone and play a conversation about the fear of dying and a poem with the title “Når jeg bliver gammel” (when I get old). The three portraits are named “Disappear”.
Here you can see a few of Madstitch artworks, but visit the artisan profile to see the full collection: noorverk.com/artisan/madstitch/