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Selma Alaçam: Heartstrings

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Selma Alaçam embroiders song lyrics on to Turkish rugs

When I was a teenager I’d have given my right arm for patches emblazoned with the lyrics of my favourite songs. It was the height of cool to be covered in brightly-coloured band paraphernalia (or at least I thought so). German artist Selma Alaçam clearly thought so too as her latest project Heartstrings combines some of her favourite song lyrics from the likes of Fiona Apple and Depeche Mode. The seven woven rugs – based on the traditional kelim, native to Turkey – have been hand-embroidered with bold typographic verses, whose personal importance is known only to the artist. To the rest of us these embroideries are like beautifully ambiguous album covers, enticing you in with their bright, bold colours.

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Selma Alaçam: Heartstrings

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Selma Alaçam: Heartstrings

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Selma Alaçam: Heartstrings

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Selma Alaçam: Heartstrings

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Selma Alaçam: Heartstrings