This piece of art looks, at first glance, like an ordinary painting. In relity, it is a mass of 4 millions stitches, each not more than a millimeter long, and took 4 years to finish
This man is not a painter, nor a tailor, but he can stitch a million stitches and make it look a real beautiful piece of art
100% of artist Fareedon Tarom works are sold before they are finished
Fareedon Farom is traveling across the lands from faraway Iran to the Gulf region, the 47-year-old artist has brought with him a surprise - a beautiful 128cm x 86cm piece of art.
What looks like an ordinary painting at first glance is actually a mass of 4,000,000 stitches, each not more than a millimetre long. "It is no ordinary piece," says Fareedon. Not when it took him four years of eight to ten hours a day of painstaking effort to finish the masterpiece.
At first glance the stitches look circular or curved but on closer look, one can see that each stitch is tacked straight, one beginning before the other ends. Using 48.000 meters of thread in 420 shades, Fareedon has succeeded in giving it a "painting-line" look. Says the artist: "In case of colors, one can mix them together to create a new color but threads are separate colors, so you need to pay particular attention to detail. It's more complicated than painting."
Furnishing the stitches, which can be as small as a fraction of a millimetre, is not only back breaking but also a strain on the eyes. Fareedon's soda-bottle glasses are mute testimony to the fact. "Yes, it takes a lot of effort and patience." Most of Fareedon's work is inspired by a contemporary master miniaturist, Mahmood Farshchian. Miniature is a style of painting popularized by an Iranian artist, Hussain Behzad, some five centuries ago. "this particular painting shows how man can be snared by the devil if he is not careful," says Fareedon, stroking it gently, "See the devil here at the bottom - he is trying to entice the woman to commit sin."
Born in Teheran in the Caspian Sea town of Bandar Anzali, Fareedon has spent almost all of his 47 years on the ancient form of embroidery known in Iran as "Suzan Duzy". "I am the only man in Iran to do this kind of work", Fareedon says proudly, his brown eyes twinkling.
Already proficient in the arts, Fareedon was quick to transfer his attention from the canvas to the cloth. Each piece of embroidery takes him more than three to four years. The work begins with the scaling. Fareedon carefully measures the dimensions of the painting on the base, which comprises two layers of titron material stretched tautly over a wooden frame. The scaling done, Fareedon props the frame across a stand and holding it firm with his left hand, uses his right hand to stitch. "I start from the middle, stitch a particular patch, \cover it so that it doesn't get dirty and then move on."
100% of his works are sold before they are finished, saying good-bye to his pieces, however, is not so easy, says the artist. "Each embroidery is like a child to me. I don't think I have spend as much time with my children as I do with my pieces," says Fareedon sadly. The artist is keen to pass on his trade to the younger generation but there are no takers, he says, "I do teach a few but most of them come because they think it will bring them a lot of money. Nobody likes the art for what it is," informs a disillusioned Fareedon.