No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
About my work
Today people are able to share more information more publicly than ever before without always understanding the full extent of its reach. We are unknowingly volunteering our personal data to a vast number of companies and individuals every day. This personal information can be used and manipulated to suit a variety of agendas.
The embroidery depicts the intricacies found within the patterns of a human iris. The stitches create detailed pools, webs and layers of colour and texture. The unique and complex structure of the eye reflects that of our data, and the network of channels accessing it.
Currently our data is being used as a form of identity, much in the same way our iris can be.
Our data is being treated as a free resource rather than our own intellectual property. This is both extremely dangerous, and a violation of our right to privacy.
- Katheryn Benedict-Perri
Katheryn Benedict-Perri is a self-taught hand-embroiderer from London, England. Using embroidery as a tool for meditation, her process involves using intricate stitching techniques to work through complex subject matter.
After graduating from university, she went to work for Fine Cell Work, a social enterprise that trains prisoners in paid, skilled needlework. Here, she learned first-hand the positive impact embroidery can have on individual lives and its ability to build self-worth and overcome troubling feelings.
Now an advocate of the slow movement, embroidery gives the necessary space and time to contemplate and understand the challenging issues we face every day. It allows for physical expression of emotions through a very focused and detail-oriented process that is extremely meditative and cathartic.