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Sandy Lam


Sandy Lam

Clerk, embroidery artist
Interests: Hong Kong's flora and fauna

I only create embroidery on species that I have seen in person.

Referencing styles of international artists, Sandy has started to create and showcase her own embroidery on Instagram, with a focus on the animals and plants around her. Other than showcasing her art, this, to her, is also her own ecological record.

Sandy would only create embroidery works on species she has seen in person. Not only is it difficult to create colours, a key to making great embroidery, it is also hard to gauge the size and bodily texture of the species based on photographs alone. She goes through stringent steps to make each piece - from personal observations, photography, data collection, sketching, fabric selection, to colour testing and selecting suitable embroidery threads. Sandy mainly uses the technique of "needle painting", which uses threads in various colours to make contrasts of light and dark. Although the embroidery is flat and as smooth as a painting, the final product has a three-dimensional effect. This type of embroidery requires the design to be flat, and to avoid looping threads, it is sometimes necessary to forego certain details of the species. Sandy tries to strike a balance between the two.

Sandy used to include common urban species like Tree Cotton and Frangipani as features in her piece, but realised that many of these urban species are exotic. Since discovering the stories behind a plethora of Hong Kong's native species on Mui Tsz Lam, Sandy has decided to include native species of Hong Kong to promote local ecology in her art.

Instagram: hiya.kityi




Sandy堅持只繡自己親眼見過的物種,因為對刺繡來說用色是關鍵。大自然許多細微的漸變色彩,都難以在照片中看出來,單憑照片亦難以判斷物種大小和質感。因此她的每幅作品都必須經過親身觀察、拍照、資料搜集、起稿、選布、顏色測試以及挑選繡線等多個步驟。她主要使用「針畫(Needle paint)」技巧,利用不同顏色的繡線做出光暗部分,作品像畫般平滑又有立體感。這種繡法追求圖案平整,為免令繡線堆疊,有時需要捨棄某些物種細節,她會盡量在兩者之間取得平衡。


IG: hiya.kityi

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