Tell us about yourself
I’m Idi (Pronounced Eee Jee or E.G.), I’m a Brazilian fiber artist currently living in San Francisco.
What is your main inspiration while creating art?
Mostly nature I think. But I also get a lot of inspiration from people I admire and events in my life.
How are your roots reflected in your work?
I grew up in a family of makers. I was always surrounded by my mom, sister and aunties sewing, knitting or embroidering. I remember learning how to embroider when I was a teenager, but I never actually cared about it until 4 years ago when I picked up embroidery and sewing again. I'm so glad I was exposed to this art from a young age and now I believe the reason I’ve chosen embroidery as my artform is deeply connected to the women in my family and I try to honor them through my art as much as I can.
Which artist inspires you
At the moment there are two amazing fiber artists, Bisa Butler and Danielle Clough.
How is your style and process changing over time?
At the moment my style is more colorful and whimsical. It’s a work in progress. I try not to think too much about it and just have fun. I started embroidering again 4 years ago as a way to decompress. Last year I started getting commissions. Now I’m trying to learn how to plan better, focus, while still enjoying what I do.
If you can describe your art in one word, what would it be?
What is your advice to other artists who are just starting?
Just have fun, don't think too much about pleasing others, if you like what you do that’s just enough.
Where can people find your work?