Iranian fiber artist Maryam Ashkanian created “Sleep Series” an absolutely brilliant collection of handmade pillows that feature embroidered anthropomorphic images of people various stages of repose, deep inside a dream, leaving the viewer with a sense of calm and wonder. In an interview with The Creator’s Project, Askanian spoke of her inspiration.
I am really interested in sleeping people and I want to explore what they see in their dreams. I also believe they are in a different land or a different life. For me, when I start to sleep I really find myself in the middle of nowhere; in my utopia. I change into another person, or my real character, without a mask …Pillows are a metonymy of a dream. Every person has a close relationship with his or her pillow, it is very, very personal.