Embroidery art is perhaps a rather obvious choice for Sayaka Miyata: Miyata’s grandmother was a patchwork artist, her mother is also into embroidery. Having a childhood surrounded by diversified patterns of colour, Miyata enjoyed drawing and colouring as a child. Going to Kyoto University of Art and Design to study dyeing and weaving appears to be a decision consistent with her upbringing.
During the fourth year in university, Sayaka Miyata’s interest in dyeing gradually developed into a personal project of creating a fabric with considerable weight. Regardless of how much dye she added to the fabric, it was light and ethereal all the same. Then she came up with the idea of using embroidery as a way to add weight to the fabric — the fabric becomes increasingly thick and heavy along with the layers and layers of thread ravelling. As the process takes time, the weight of the piece of fabric is similar to the weight of time in the process of embroidery; Miyata was overwhelmingly fascinated by the correlation, and began to engage herself in embroidery.
Although Miyata’s love for handicraft made her despise computerized sewing machine, still she bought one in her search of a unique style of design. This unexpected pick was the start of her most well known series of work called Vegetable Warp. The greatest challenge one has when making embroidery is to untangle knots of thread. With a computerized sewing machine, one can easily create a perfect pattern based on a digital file. The end product will however be completely messed up if there is any flaw in the digital file. Unlike most of the designers who are frustrated by errors, Miyata treasures errors and considers them beautiful. The intentional error she puts in the file, combining with her adjustment to the stitching speed, this is how Miyata manipulates usual images of fruits into deformed patterns of after image.
“Error: Failure is the best hatchery for new standard of value.” Sayaka Miyata’s motif of Vegetable Warp explains the intertwining and inseparable relationship among error, failure and beauty.