"Fijet Qe Lidhin Familjen" - Tapestry Design

Completed for Martie Holmer's Foundations Design course, I was asked to create a map with a political message. This tapestry is designed to map the route of my family and I's immigration from Albania and the memories and emotions that are tied to each place we've lived in. I used traditional means of Albanian crafting, such as embroidery, to design this tapestry as a way of reflecting on my culture and learning more about art making in Albania.

"Fijet qe Lidhin Familjen" (The Threads that Weave Our Family). 2017. 
UV Printing on Canvas; Embroidery Thread; Hand and Machine Stitching. 36''x50''
The places we've been intertwine with our family's identity. 
Close Up View of Hand Stitching. 
From Albania, to Greece, to America, our bond has evolved 
and our outlooks transformed.
Abstracted Albanian Eagle Design. Adobe Illustrator.
In crafting this tapestry, 
I've never felt so in touch with the artisanal culture of my Albanian ancestors.
Draped Tapestry.
The aching of my fingers as I cut and tied each tassel gave me a small insight into
what brutal and meticulous work went into their handmade art.
Close Up View of Handmade Tassels
Each stage of our immigration can be characterized by one word...
Frike (Fear), Dashuri (Love), Zhvendosje (Displacement), Te ardhmen (Future).
Close Up View of Hand Embroidered Font and Symbols.
Although each journey meant sacrifice and hardship, we may not look at the
 world with such optimistic and hopeful eyes without those experiences. 
Close Up View of Hand Embroidered Title.
The most important thing is that I never forget where I come from... 
View of Back of Tapestry.

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