Alain Mailland

kay khan

My work is a mosaic of fragments, collected experiences, information, and images. This mosaic is both ideological and visual. I like to begin with an idea that I allow to develop unhindered to encompass anything from the serious to the absurd. No thought is isolated and the simplest can build upon itself. Layers of connected thoughts revealed in a succession of images link and multiply in evolving variations. In my recent work, for example, I sometimes begin with just a word, but already this word comes with many meanings and connotations. Then I make a connection, a thin bridge, between each word and its images, and other perhaps abstract and veiled yet related ideas. My artworks are often labyrinths of intricate wordplay. I want the words to be read as fleeting and visual impressions that interact with the other stitched images. The figures in my work in combination with the words form a running commentary.

City by Kay Khan

City

Quilted, appliqued, stitched, constructed Silk, various fabrics, felt
30"h x 26"w x 7"d

Galaxy by Kay Khan

Galaxy

Quilted, appliqued, stitched, constructed Silk, felt
24"h x 22"w x 9"d

Figure 1 by Kay Khan

Figure 1

Quilted, stitched, constructed, silk, cotton, fabric scrap interior. Custom metal stand
21"h x 9"w x 3"d

Blue Bow Necklace by Kay Khan

Blue Bow Necklace

Stitched, quilted, embroidered, constructed fabric; Glass, cuprite, lapis lazuli beads, laced stitch, metla hook closure
10" x 6"

Blue Cube Necklace by Kay Khan

Blue Cube Necklace

Quilted, stitched, embroidered silk; Quilted, constructed & stuffed silk cube, Glass beads attached by needle lace stitch, metal closure
9" x 8"

Couple Necklace by Kay Khan

Couple Necklace

Stitched, quilted, embroidered, constructed Silk, cotton, coral, lava & jasper beads, lace Stitch, metal hook closure
11" x 8"

Turquoise Wrap Necklace by Kay Khan

Turquoise Wrap Necklace

Stitched, constructed and quilted fabric; Turquoise, jasper, glass beads, lace stitch. Covered, embroidered wooden toggle clasp
7" x 7"

Golden Crown Necklace by Kay Khan

Golden Crown Necklace

Quilted, stitched silk; smokey quartz, hematite, glass, metal snap closure
10" x 9"

Blue Rectangle Necklac by Kay Khan

Blue Rectangle Necklace

Stitched, quilted, constructed fabric; Jasper, lapis lazuli, cuprite & glass beads, lace stitch. Covered, embroidered & glass beaded wooden button closure.
9" x 8"

Elizabethan Collar Necklace by Kay Khan

Elizabethan Collar Necklace

Stitched, quilted, embroidered, constructed silk; Glass beads attached by needle lace stitch; Metal hook closure
10" x 10"

Lollipop Lotus by Kay Khan

Lollipop Lotus

Quilted, stitched, appliquéd and constructed of fabric with bamboo strips inserted
15"h x 16"w x 6"d