What techniques have you developed?
I usually work on large textile pieces, which are vertically attached to the wall. After this, I start to fix the cloth patches with pins to the large piece and try to step back to observe how the entire work looks from the distance. I use both new and old fabrics.
Can you tell us a memorable moment in your professional life?
My first encounter with the international art scene was attending the International Tapestry Triennial “The Other Europe” held in Tournai, Belgium, in 1993. Everyone seemed to be fascinated with art from behind the Iron Curtain, and this was the beginning of my cooperation with the European Textile Network. As a result, I founded the Georgian Textile Group and, amongst other exhibitions, organised international biannual textile symposiums at the Silk Museum in Tbilisi.
© Daro Sulakauri
In what way is your craft linked to where you live?
The patchwork was a traditional technique for Georgian folk textiles. I remember some pieces of naïve patchwork in several private collections with figurative and archetypal zoomorphic images, which made a strong impression and inspired my work as an artist.
What do you enjoy doing most in your work?
I never work with preliminary sketches. I like improvising with colours and patches as they are, sometimes without even cutting them. This creative process of finding the place for specific shapes is a really fascinating and enjoyable element of my work.