Linda BeharThe ultimate in needlecraft, Linda Behar's poignant images emerge as if from a nostalgic dream. Humanity and spirituality seem bound together stitch by stitch in these remarkable embroidered works.
My embroideries are based on photographs that I take – on my travels or in my own back yard. The small size of these embroideries, combined with the density of the stitches and the lusciousness of the colors, creates the impression of a jewel-like precious object. Viewing them, one finds oneself drawn in by their intimate scale.
The natural world has always been the primary source of inspiration in my work, and fabric my medium of choice. For my fabric miniatures I use whatever needlework techniques are necessary to capture the image I want, whether it be machine embroidery or hand applique. I feel I have only begun to explore a vast new visual domain, paradoxically contained in a space less than four by six inches, Yeats' "world in one small room".
Above: Detail of Linda Behar's "Monet's Garden". Use the [+] and [-] buttons to zoom in and see the intricate detail of each thread within the textile.