marcelle sprong was born in gauteng, south africa in 1956.she studied at the johannesburg college of art and later, textile arts at the pretoria technicon, working as a textile artist for many years. she lives in hout bay, cape town.she now works in multi mediums: embroidery, sculpture, charcoal, ink and nib drawings, cyanotype as well as oil painting. she has covered a variety of themes in her art making, including sexual abuse, altered states, life and death, sometimes using story telling as a visual means.she sees herself to be a container for ideas and concepts, allowing for what might have been undefined to become defined and accessible to her and to others.cloth is for her a mysterious repository. needle and thread acts as a suture for healing as well as implements for remembering, reconstructing and telling.the repetitive act of sewing is a vehicle to access her subconscious. it also is an ordering system for thoughts and musings. embroidery is a sketching tool of this process. Her embroidered ladies series are drawings with a needle and thread on linen or silk, each one a time consuming ritual. instructions to the heart come out of anxious thoughts. there is the desire to instruct and protect those close to her, knowing that it’s a futile exercise. it follows another embroidered piece called instructions on how to fly. the sewings are playful interpretations of captured phrases. these could elicit in the viewer a serious resonance or amusement when the text is subverted.