French knots, chain stitches and straight lines turn into peaceful landscapes and abandoned huts overgrown with moss and tendrils Katrin Vatess embroidery. On bleached canvas as a basis, Vates works with yarns in natural color palettes of green or autumn tones, which she lays in variable lengths and thicknesses: it conveys a glittering ocean through flat, even stitches in blue and white, while tufts in neutral tones lead to cropped fields and dried bushes. Vates rarely outlines a preliminary design and never attaches a frame, which allows more freedom in customizing both the image and the way weather and sunlight affect the scenes.
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