The images on this page were created by photographing embroidered stitches with a kaleidoscope filter included in a free smart phone photography app.
The intention of the embroidered mandala project is to allow patterns to develop from the bottom up in a process of bouncing between the constraints of the physical craft and the immediacy of the digital photography.
The embroidery itself is very slow and requires a lot of patient concentration. The patterns shown here were developed directly while embroidering, following a few simple rules of connection between stitches, gradation of color, and a sense of overall movement in the mandala.
The photography using the kaleidoscope filter is fast and exciting as the stitches mirror and fold into new patterns on the screen.