Motif: by Borut Furlan
Type: Photo embroidery
Technique: Ercigoj stitch
Year: 2012
Edition: Limited

Size: Medium
Dimension: 61 x 91 cm | 24 x 35.8 in
Number of stitches: over 1 mio
Thread length: over 12 km | over 7.5 mi
Thread colours: 49
Development: over 400 person hours

Price: not for sale

About the artwork

This underwater photograph was particularly demanding due to the nature of the motif and the specific complexities of embroidery. Ercigoj stitch technology enabled us to create outstanding contrasts and gradations from black to blue, and into white.

About the artist

Borut Furlan is the most recognizable underwater photographer in Slovenia, who received many awards both at home and abroad. His work has been published in many local and international publications, and in several photo monographies.


Innovation of layering

We layer multiple colours of threads and so create rich embroidery and colour texture that is impossible to create with classic one-layer embroidery technique. By layering, we develop colour transitions and shadowing, by which we create multiple-colour surfaces, similar to pointillism painting.

Smooth transitions and shading

By intertwining threads of endless colours and creating colour transitions, we can shape soft shadows, make one surface transition into another and mix colours into an endless multitude of hues. This way, we can also recreate motives from photographs and sophisticated art paintings which wouldn’t be possible with classic embroidery technique, using vector surfaces.

Sophisticated colour calibration

Usually in embroidery, 10 or 20, maybe 30 colours of threads are used. We use around 1,000 colour hues and if a colour still doesn’t match the desired one, we create it by layering and colour transitions. We have digitally scanned colours of all threads by using a spectrograph, so we can colour match any colour from an original material or from CMYK, RGB or Pantone colour schemes.