Rebirth Page 23 Mother Moth, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler

Rebirth

Rebirth compiles a series of 23 embroideries that explore themes of metamorphosis, catharsis and healing through the use of symbolic ‘stain-imagery’. This iconography draws on Ancient Greek beliefs that evacuation of bodily fluids results in a healthy body and mind.

The repetitive process of embroidery mimics the psychological journey from trauma to healing. It becomes cathartic as a quiet, repetitive task that allows for emotional processing and healing.

The book format of Rebirth enhances the narrative effect of the series. Each embroidery acts independently as a ‘page’ while becoming part of a larger story and can influence how people view and interpret this story. The act of binding the book and bringing the embroideries together reflects on sewing as a metaphor for healing and suturing.

Rebirth. Bound and embroidered textile book. Embroidery on fabric, by Jessica Merle Steytler
Page 2 Self Portrait of Rebirth, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 4 Cellular Division, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler (textile crafts)
Rebirth Page 6 Looking Glass, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 8 Cellular Division No. 2, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 10 Chapter Two, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 12 Cellular Division No. 4, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 14 Wandering Womb, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler (textile crafts)
Rebirth Page 16 Cellular Division No. 5, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 18 Blood Stain, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 20 Growing Bloom, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 22 Embryo No. 2, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Page 1 Chapter One of Rebirth, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 3 James and Pink Cell, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 5 Doily Skin, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 7 Self Portrait No. 2, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 9 Cellular Division No. 3, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 11 Self Portrait No. 3, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 13 Abandoned Weeping, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 15 Embryo, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 17 Chapter Three, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 19 Nervous System, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 21 Cellular Division No. 6, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler (textile crafts)
Rebirth Page 23 Mother Moth, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler
Rebirth Page 21 Cellular Division No. 6, embroidery by Jessica Merle Steytler (textile crafts)
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