SONIA LEESINGAPORE / 2022
SECTION OF DRESS: Gold Doodle
Taking a shape from an old doodle!
Over the years I had thought about changing my career path and I always knew I wanted it to be in the creative world, and having relatives on both sides of the family (on the Singaporean and Swiss side) who are dressmakers meant I was surrounded by a world of fabric and stitch from an early age which I absolutely loved.
I had done various classes over the years and learnt to make my own clothes, done pattern cutting and lace making etc., but it wasn’t until after I had taken a couple of day classes at the Royal School of Needlework and I discovered the Future Tutors Programme that it became clear. And that is when my embroidery journey really started.
I am now in the third and final year of this programme and I have discovered with embroidery that I like to experiment. I have learnt many traditional techniques and once I have understood how a stitch works – I want to see how I can turn that around and use it in a new way. I have also been playing with how to design a piece, for example I have experimented with painting fabrics and allowing that to tell me how a piece turns out. I have also been trying out a process where I take an old doodle and pick a shape from the many lines that are there, and the possibilities are endless, and this becomes my design.
This is why I decided to stitch my golden doodle on the red dress. I wanted it to be unique and elegant and I thought the gold would show up well.
Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful collaborative piece.
Contact: Instagram: @sonias_stitching