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Boro'd Words, a conceptual artwork inspired by and exploring the history behind Boro Boro. A narrative piece created from naturally dyed vintage fabrics and threads, hand embroidered words that pique curiosity, leaving the viewer with a need to know more. The natural palette of creams and browns, alongside the frayed worn edges created a soothing effect like being wrapped in a soft woollen blanket.


Boro Boro is a Japanese embroidery repair method, born out of necessity due to devastating poverty. Fabrics were patched and hand stitched to ensure the life of textiles were lengthened. This inadvertently created layers of historical narrative.


The pieced and patched vintage fabrics give a delicate, unassuming background for the hand embroidered lines that gently mask the partially hidden Japanese and English words that narrate the Boro story. They are deliberately hard to discover, referencing how the Japanese became embarrassed of their poverty stricken years and sought to hide them, resulting in little Boro work remaining. The delicate and carefully placed hand embroidery stitches add raised and implied texture to the artwork, drawing the eye across the whole piece before it alights on some of the words.


- Framed wall art

- Conceptual textile art inspired by Boro Boro

- Contains hidden narrative

- Naturally dyed vintage fabric and threads

- Natural colour palette


Boro'd Words is for those who enjoy thought provoking, conceptual artwork in their home. Each time the artwork is viewed another element appears to be contemplated and discussed. Framed in a bespoke frame, Boro'd words is perfect for any room in the home including living areas, bedrooms and studies. It makes a thoughtful gift for a loved one or friend celebrating a birthday, new home or other happy event, with the Boro principles endearing it to those who live an eco-friendly lifestyle.


Boro'd Words black frame measures 58 x 49 centimetres, with the artwork measuring 37 x 28 centimetres at the widest points.


Part of the Heritage Reimagined collection; there are other complementary pieces here.


Fabric and threads that have been naturally dyed are a little more susceptible to sunlight; it is therefore advised to hang this work out of direct sunlight.


Boro'd Words will be packaged carefully to arrive in perfect condition; collection from Saltburn by the Sea or events I am attending is welcomed. First class postage to the UK mainland is included in the cost of all artwork. For delivery to other areas please contact me for a postage cost. For more information about the packaging of textile artwork or advice on how to care for textile artwork please see the frequently asked questions page here.


Boro'd Words

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