Mónica Leitão Mota was born in Portugal and lives in London, Ontario, Canada since 2005.
Her stitched and textured drawings on fabric and paper are influenced by her years as a student of Sculpture at the University of Fine Arts in Porto, Portugal, where she fostered an interest in texture, volume and light.
Having been an Art and Geometry teacher for several years in Portugal developed her artistic flexibility and defined her graphic use of stitched lines in her body of work.
Using recycled and vintage fabrics like cotton, linen and wool is an essential part and inspiration of her artistic work, as they are intimately connected with her family heritage and at the same time with her daily life in Canada. Recently she is experimenting with embossing and printing techniques using cotton paper and recycled screen-printed mesh.
Photography is a main interest in her life, and she always photographs and records the different stages of progress of her work. She feels that the camera’s lens allows her to have a changing perspective in the final result of her work.
She continues to develop and further explore the free motion machine embroidery technique on all kinds of fibres along with screen printing and wearable pieces.