Embracing Difference: Two Case Studies of Western Painting Style Embroidery in China

Abstract

This study explores how traditional Chinese embroidery representing the special texture of western paintings through changes in stitch, color and manuscript through case analysis. Chinese embroidery is one of the most important traditional arts and crafts, which developed through thousands of years’ profound culture. It was originally focusing on representing Ink Art painting and was named “painting embroidery (畫繡)”, which is one kind of ornamental embroidery. With the traditional ornamental embroidery declining, embroidery artists began to absorb the characteristics of western paintings, especially emphasizing on the colour combination. In the past, the pattern suitable for embroidery was limited to traditional Chinese paintings. Nowadays, it seems that all kinds of paintings can be referred to. In order to represent these paintings, the selection of stitch, color and manuscript must be changed.
This research emphasizing on two embroidery techniques, namely, the “Emulational embroidery” created by Shou Shen and the “random stitch embroidery” created by Shouyu Yang. By using case study, this research expects to understand the innovation of Chinese embroidery techniques. It is found that “random stitch embroidery” is the stacking of embroidery threads by using the density, layer, length and interweaving of needles and threads, showing the changes of light and shadow to reflect the sense of space in western painting. “Emulational embroidery” stitch imitates the sketch strokes and adopts the method of virtual and real needles for embroidery, paying more attention to the changes of light and shadow in the picture in color.



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Jiawei Jiang, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan
Yun Lin, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan

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Conference: ACAH2020
Stream: Other Arts

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