Mana Morimoto creates out-of-this-world works of fiber art by embroidering colorful thread onto black and white photographs. Morimoto’s photograph embroidery exists in the “in between,” as her use of colorful fibers transforms vintage and often serious images into vibrant works of art, fresh and anew.
The elusive young artist was born and raised in Japan, and celebrated her first solo exhibition just three years ago. While she lists no CV on her Website, the content of Morimoto’s social media platforms speaks for itself; the young artist breathes fiber art. Morimoto’s journey to photograph embroidery began with an old box of collected threads and a photograph of a friend that she wanted to turn into art.
The hallmark of Morimoto’s photograph embroidery is the use of colorful threads extending from the eyes of the subjects in the underlain images, as if there are laser beams shooting out of them. On her use of these laser-beam-looking threads, Mana explains: “…What I try to express with the use of threads is not super power. I use threads to turn something invisible into visible. It can be the powerful look of someone observing something or the sound of music or the aura of a person.” Morimoto’s method of extending colorful threads from the eyes of the subjects of black and white photographs creates a sense of life that is often absent in vintage photos. What’s more, Morimoto’s use of color seems to bring the silent characters of the photos into the here-and-now.
Mana Morimoto is an artist who fearlessly embraces the versatility of fiber art and the beauty of youthful exploration. We are truly inspired by her unique talent for transformation, and her passion for the art of fiber.