I was born in Trieste, a beautiful city by the sea, in the north-eastern Italy, in 1982. From an early age I loved both the arts and sciences. I drew, played the piano and sang in a choir and at the same time cultivated my great passion for science, up to my Ph.D. in physics at the University of Ferrara. I work as a science communicator and museum operator.
During the first covid lockdown in Italy, I found myself at home without a job and, to calm the anxiety of that period, I started embroidering old photos and postcards, discovering a new passion that has never left me. My works have taken part in various exhibitions and, combining my passion for embroidery and dissemination, I have begun to hold various paper embroidery workshops, in order to spread this particular technique.
To me, embroidering on paper is a form of meditation. I started doing it to keep my mind busy during the lockdown, and I discovered an activity that relaxes me and gives me great satisfaction. It all starts with the search for photos or postcards in the antique markets. Then I look at them, thinking about how to bring them back to life, with a touch of color or a phrase, using cotton, silk or metallic threads depending on the effect I want to obtain. Often the photos have a dedication on the back, and the oldest ones can be over a hundred years old, so I find myself daydreaming about the story of who wrote them.
The tree of memories, 2021
Mixed media (silk embroidered photo), 12.5 x 9 cm
Mixed media (silk embroidered photo), 13.5 x 8.7 cm
Past love, 2022
Mixed media (silk embroidered photo), 12 x 9 cm
Bittersweet October, 2022
Mixed media (silk embroidered postcard), 13.7 x 8.8 cm
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All photographs courtesy of Martina Buiat
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