Diem Chau Embroiders Porcelain!

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Women by Diem Chau
Women by Diem Chau
Porcelain cup, silk, thread
(Image © Diem Chau)

Diem Chau does amazing things with embroidery and porcelain. The result is both understated and quite beautiful.

Vietnam-born Chau is now a Seattle-based artist. She uses ordinary found objects as the base for her embroidery. According to Chau, her work creates “delicate vignettes of fleeting memory, gesture and form, resulting in works that combine egalitarian sensibility and minimalist restraint.”

Her work is often about memories, real or imagined, which she uses to tell her story. She often works from photos of distant family members she’s never met, which appear as faint embroidered figures floating on white porcelain dishes. But it’s in the unexpected details of her work that she uses to draw the viewer into her narrative. A red thread emerging from the subjects relates back to the process of storytelling.

Long Braid by Diem Chau
Long Braid by Diem Chau
Porcelain plate, silk, thread
(Image © Diem Chau)
Diem Chau Untitled
Diem Chau Untitled
Porcelain bowl, silk, thread
(Image © Diem Chau)
Untitled by Diem Chau
Untitled by Diem Chau
Porcelain plate, silk, thread
(Image © Diem Chau)
Sisters by Diem Chau
Sisters by Diem Chau
Porcelain bowl, silk, thread
(Image © Diem Chau)

Totally intrigued by how she achieves her porcelain embroidery, I was so pleased to discover that Chau herself has written a couple of posts on her process in her blog, The Pleasure of Tiny Things

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Comments (18)

How amazing, very original… Thank you for posting the secret formula! I would have spent ages trying to figure out how she did it – I thought it must be drawn on the designs. You cannot really see the silk, V clever!

Brilliant, huh? Some people, BCD… We just need that one idea…

Very nifty, but I would want to use them. I don’t think a cuppa’ would do much for the silk thread 🙂

Nope – agree these are purely aesthetic and not much good for a real cuppa’.

Her work is phenomenal …

Stunning. The Sisters one is my favorite!

Wow, they are amazing! What a clever idea – like BCD, I was stumped about how it worked, so thanks for posting the link to her blog explanation. (And what a great name and focus for a blog too – ‘the moments that make up a lifetime’ – love it!) 🙂

There is an unfair distribution of creative talent in the world. I missed out on my share. I’m preparing to lay an official complaint!

These are cool. Could definitely see one of these adourning my wall or sitting on table somewhere. One day I am going to become creative genius and come up with a crafty idea like this. One day. Sigh.

Me too, Missy K. Maybe we’ll do it together…

Ok, I just don’t get it. How on earth do these people think up such amazing concepts? Very, very cool.

Beats me, 2BDs. I just know I want some of what they’ve got!

OMG – that braid is so perfect! Love these J, so much fun!

Isn’t her work so beautiful?

very cool Syders! A great find!

Her work is just beautiful, isn’t it, M?

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