By Samina Islam 

My artwork takes a critical view on social and cultural issues. While I use a variety of materials and processes in each project my methodology is consistent. Although there may not always be material similarities between the different projects they are linked by recurring formal concerns and through the subject matter. The subject matter of each body of work determines the materials and the forms of the work.

 Needlework is a form of self-expression and meditation for me. It is addictive and the freedom of this medium is exciting, there are unlimited possibilities to explore. My art practice is time-consuming as most of my pieces are stitched by hand. Experimenting with different threads and textiles is part of the process. Being involved with my work from beginning to end gives me much satisfaction as an artist. Combining photography with textiles and thread nurtures my creativity and keeps me excited about my work.