Textile artist Junko Oki lives and works in Kamakura, Japan and began her embroidery career in her 40s. She calls her work â€œWoky Shotenâ€ meaning â€˜free movement of the line to make a simple repetition of workâ€™. Her intricate free form embroidery have a vintage quality and often features a cross in her designs. She reveals a bit about herself in the quotes we have gathered:
â€œCollectively, the works were none other than a reflection of me, maybe even embarrassingly so. I desired to expose myself even more through my works; I wanted to be true to myself. What else matters? That is the one thing I know that I am good at.â€
â€œEven if you find a tangled-up thread, you donâ€™t have to cut it off, you can leave it to create a new pattern. In other words the path is endless and you can keep on going â€“ no turning back.â€
â€™When I have needles, threads, and other special materials in front of me, something stirs deep inside my unconscious mind in spite of myself, and I am filled with strong emotion.That is when I regain my true selfâ€™Â
You can follow the artist on here on her website.
Images: Courtesy of Junko Oki.