Nicola Ginzel is a mixed media artist in Brooklyn, New York, also working with embroidery, creating a different dialog. Ms. Ginzel’s work is based on the transformation of random ephemera gathered from the everyday. The artist collects mass-produced printed-paper products such as a hamburger wrapper, a shoe repair receipt and stamps. She then embroiders these massed-produced items creating beautiful significant hand-made artworks. Through the process of covering the original meaning, the object then changes completely. The mundane, that served a particular function at one time or another, is given place and reverence, transcending its identity; in essence contrary to Pop Art.
The act of sewing by hand is intimate, meditative and nurturing. It slows down time and creates a quiet space. It is an act that is close and in everyway opposite to the pace and demands of mainstream culture. Craftsmanship is a byproduct of the attention and concentration that the object receives.