Sabatina Leccia – embroidery as mending

from Annalisa Chelli - 30 June 2017

Annalisa Chelli

Community Manager at DHGshop
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Sabatina Leccia. Born in France, she studied in London and then moved to Corsica. Since 2015, she has been working full time on her ideas. She is a hand embroidery artist. Her embroidery is colorful and meticulous.

sabatina leccia - painting embroidery

But it is also spontaneous and sometimes enhanced by color stains she makes with watered down ink. The result is truly amazing: lively surfaces which tell stories of dreams and intimacy, inspired by Tibetan mandals and by tribal painting.

Sabatina Leccia embroidery also intends to mend certain imbalances in the soul, and to fight against excessive, annihilating consumerism.

Find out more about this artist reading this new DHG interview.


Sabatina Leccia

DHG: discovering your work was like seeing a wonderful place for the first time. Pure amazement. Would you like to tell us something about your Painting Embroidery?
it’s interesting that you said that because a lot of people told me that they have the impression of seeing cartography or landscapes and another name that I used to define my Painting Embroidery is my inner landscape.

D: I find some connections between your painting embroidery and Rorschach’s inkblots. In your work, do you also intend to analyze the deepest part of yourself?
as my work is hand made, it’s taking a long time to achieve a piece. Hand embroidery is a slow and solitary process that allows me to be connected with my own world and my interiority so it’s true that when I’m doing embroidery through hours I am connected with the deepest part of myself.

D:  what does your creative process start from?
I like to start my creative process by something unpredictable as ink stain, or without doing scketches beforehand in order to let my own intuition to guide my work.

sabatina leccia - abysse

Sabatina Leccia and contemporary embroidery

D: embroidery is an ancient art which originated inside the home. How much, and how, has the art of embroidery changed in the past few decades?
the art of embroidery is been enclosed inside the home for women specialy during the 19th century, but during the Middle Ages for instance they were coorporations of  men embroiderer so I think the art of embroidery hasn’t been always made secretly inside the home. But it’s true that actually and during the past few decades we assist to a reborn of this art and a lot of artists use it in a very creative and contemporary way (I am thinking to Annette Messager, Yumiko Arimoto, Deuz’Bro…). Nowadays a lot of women and men use it not only to make beautiful things for home but to deliver a message or make art piece.

D: what does it mean for you to be an artist ?
for me to be an artist is to allow ourself to let our interiority be freely express and to challenge the real.

sabatina leccia - explosion

D: Poetic Plastic is a project on the theme of recycling and sustainability. What made you want to take part in it?
for one of my project I used Plastic Bags to make embroidery on it. I wanted to make it precious and show people how our wastes could become beautiful if we start to reconsider its. Plastic is a very delicate matter and when I stitched it I have to be very carreful. I appreciate the idea of « taking care » of something that is usually see as rubbish. I wanted to work with plastic bags, because I come from Corsica, and each year I am so sad to see ravages of plastic bags on wildlife.

Sabatina Leccia – something about her

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D: do you like travelling?
yes of course! Specially in Italy and in North Country. I would like to go to Greenland.

D: what is the last book you read?
The Rebel, Albert Camus.

D: what could you never do without?
I could never live without going back to Corsica, I found so much peace and beauty there.

D: what is the sentence, or the word, that you say most often?
why not 😉

sabatina leccia - ricamo e pittura

Here uou can find the website of Sabatina Leccia. 

If you liked this interview, you may also be interested in reading the one with Victoria Manganiello.

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