Mandala kaleidoscope photography of embroidered samples

Yellow embroidered mandala
Yellow embroidered mandala

Koleidoscope filtered photo clearly showing the embroidery of the mandala being photographed. Click on the image for a larger file.

Embroidered mandala detail

Closeup of the original embroidered mandala. Click on the image to view in greater detail.

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.

Rainbow embroidered mandala

Koleidoscope filtered photo of a small part of the embroidered mandala.

Rainbow embroidered mandala

Koleidoscope filtered photo of a small part of the embroidered mandala.

Closeup of a koleidoscope filtered photo of the mandala.

Closeup of a koleidoscope filtered photo of the mandala.

Purple embroidered mandala

Koleidoscope filtered photo of a small part of the embroidered mandala.

Koleidoscope filtered photo of a small part of the embroidered mandala.

Koleidoscope filtered photo of a small part of the embroidered mandala.

Red embroidered mandala

Koleidoscope filtered photo of a small part of the embroidered mandala.

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