IT’S not the usual way to create intricate fabric artwork, but (believe it or not) Karina Thompson used her own heartbeat to create a giant piece of embroidery.
Having completed an hour’s run around the top floor of the Salts Mill in Bradford – where the final piece will be exhibited – she translated her heartbeat into digitally programmed stitches.
Karina said: ‘The mile and a half I ran round Salts represents an hour’s worth of wool production.
“My fabric is grey and reminds me of a wet bandsman standing at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.
“It’s also huge. ‘I’m embroidering 5 metre sections at a time and they nearly fill my living room.”
The fabric used by Karina is by Hainsworth; creators of pieces used by the British Army.
The masterpiece will be on display from August 18 – November 3 at the major exhibition of 23 international artists – called Cloth and Memory – at the Salts Mills.
Talk about the heart of fashion…