LV-1079 is Eliza’s Final Major Project for finishing her BA in Hand Embroidery from the Royal School of Needlework. LV-1079 is the postcode of her home city and neighbourhood in Riga, Latvia; the neighbourhood Mežciems has been her home most of her life before going to study abroad in London.
The meaning of home has been a theme she explored before, but the recent pandemic has escalated the need to identify with home and feel at home, as that brought her to Mežciems. In the project, she explores home, Latvia and politics, how the Soviet regime has affected current Latvian society and how Soviet-built housing shapes the current generations. Meanwhile, in her embroidery, she has important ideas being explored as well. Minimalist and brutalist embroidery inspired by the research, metalwork embroidery putting Goldwork embroidery in juxtaposition of Hardware. Concepts of invisible, suspended embroidery within metal frames keeping the traditional “framed up” look even though frames usually are a temporary place for embroidery but in this case, it is permanent and is a direct representation of the role that Soviet housing play in modern Latvian society. The designs and initial sampling were inspired by her archive of photos taken in Mežciems of architecture and Soviet living remnants. Sampling with hardware, architecture models and material memories got translated in embroidery and later assembled in compositions, keeping the embroidery utilitarian whilst attaching pieces of hardware with traditional and non-traditional materials at the same time. Her interpretation of her post-Soviet experience in Latvia is seen in a collection, consisting of 5 artworks and an extensive digital portfolio of visualizations and proposals furthering her concept.
In LV-1079 Elīza has included references to her manifesto which reflects her practice and values alongside her favourite embroidery techniques to challenge traditional embroidery in a contemporary context. In the collection, 5 frames are included Luneville/Tambour, Goldwork, Traditional Crewelwork techniques and are combined with inconvenient materials like stainless steel and hardware to enhance the emotional impact of Soviet architecture.
All photos by Artūrs Kondrāts
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