An Awake Heart

2022

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A set of intricate, hand-embroidered textiles made by Farah Behbehani is the subject of a new collaboration between the Kuwait-born artist, Athr Gallery and Factum Arte. The new production on display at Art Dubai 2022 (March 11-13, 2022) was the result of an innovative project aimed at mediating the shape and colour of textiles into an elevated-printed medium, and potentially into other productions. 

The surface detail of the original silk and silver thread embroidered triangles was digitised using various technologies, eventually choosing the new Selene Photometric Scanner as the best-performing result for both texture and colour. The ultimate goal was to retain the reflectivity and handmade nature of the original objects. After scaling the data to about 75% of the original size, each of the artist's six modular designs was then printed in 3D and colour using elevated printing technology, over sheets of Hahnemüle Museum Etching paper (350 g/m²). The silver was hand-painted using diamond-like dust.

The original embroidery next to a test print © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

Detail of the surface during the diamond dust retouching © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

Silvia Alvarez applying the diamond dust © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

Detail of one of the final prints © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

Detail of one of the final prints © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

Detail of one of the final prints © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

Detail of one of the final prints © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

An Awake Heart, 1, 105x105cm © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

An Awake Heart, 2, 105x105cm © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

An Awake Heart, 3, 105x105cm © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

An Awake Heart, 4, 105x105cm © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

An Awake Heart, 5, 105x105cm © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

An Awake Heart, 6, 105x105cm © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

Installed at Art Dubai 2022 © courtesy of Athr

Installed at Art Dubai 2022 © courtesy of Athr


 

 

 

 

 

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