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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sewing Artist Creates Hand stitched Celebrities Like Beyonce And Madhuri Dixit

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Sewing Artist Creates Hand stitched Celebrities Like Beyonce And Madhuri Dixit

25-year-old Priya Dhillon from Chicago, Illinois, U.S is a sewist (sewing artist) and she excels in her work. She posted images of Queen Bey and lots of other Bollywood celebrities whom she hand stitched into different bits of cloth.

Priya who is currently living in Chicago originally hails from Punjab, India. Through her posts, she challenged her users to guess who the stars were. Social medis users correctly guessed the artwork of her.

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The talented embroiderer gives credits to one television channel for inspiring her to take up sewing. Priya said, “Embroidering completely sprung up from public television for me.”

“I was so entranced as a kid by the multicoloured thread, huge hoops, complicated patterns, and the steady motion of sewing or stitching done by the very formidable looking women on TV. I’d taken my mom’s or grandma’s tins of sewing supplies and just make little things for myself,” she said.

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‘I can’t remember the first piece I ever made but—while I’m sure it was objectively terrible—it gave me enough confidence that I kept at it and eventually improved myself,’ she added.

Indian actress Sridevi inspires her to stitch her as well as other powerful women. “When Sridevi left this world last year, I realised how much she and her body of work had meant to me my entire life.  Quietly, for myself, I wanted to commemorate her. When I watched BeyoncĂ©’s Homecoming, I felt another bolt of emotion strike me,” she said.

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“She’s somebody who has been around my entire life and has never disappointed me.  And this past decade, she’s brought so much to the public sphere. She’s opened up about motherhood, womanhood, blackness, and all the injustices and triumphs that accompany each those identities in such powerful, insightful, and communal ways,” Priya added.

Priya hand stitched other celebs which include Aishwarya Rai, Kajol, and Madhuri Dixit. Her six inches tall designs take about 10 hours to complete. However, she spend 20 hours on Beyonce to get it perfect.”

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People have been showing their interest in buying her artwork but Priya doesn’t yet want to sell it. “I turned everybody down because I wanted to keep my hobby a hobby, but I encourage everybody to learn. It’s a really easy thing to pick up and do. Everybody should have a creative outlet and this is a really inexpensive one. Also, the College of YouTube is free for everyone.”

Priya talked about the challenges she faced, “Beyonce’s hair.  In real life, her hair is so beautifully coloured and styled. I put off stitching it because I was worried I wouldn’t be able to capture its essence. It absolutely does not match up to her real, glorious mane, but it was earnestly my best effort.”

Published by Mamatha Reddy on 20 Jul 2019

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