Stitch

Embroidery in art is a wide-ranging technique as we’ve discovered chatting to textile artists who use it in its most traditional sense as well as those who put a more contemporary spin on stitch. Here, we explore the work of those practitioners using hand embroidery, machine embroidery and a wide range of more specific techniques including punch embroidery, blackwork, cross stitch and applique.

1 year ago

Caroline Bartlett: Embroidering the truth

Caroline Bartlett: Embroidering the truth
In her work, Textile Artist Caroline Bartlett explores the historical, social and cultural associations of textiles and their ability to trigger a memory. Imprinting, stitching, erasing and reworking, folding and unfolding become defining characteristics, whilst ...
1 year ago

Susie Vickery: Travels with my thimble

Susie Vickery: Travels with my thimble
Susie’s career centres on embroidery and textiles, both practical and academic. Her core skills were developed over twenty years as a costumier for theatre and film. Her focus over the last ten years, however, has been split between development work and fine ...
1 year ago

Atsuko Chirikjian: Unexpected happening

Atsuko Chirikjian: Unexpected happening
Atsuko Chirikjian was born in Tokyo, Japan and graduated from Tama Art University with BFA and MFA degrees. After she moved to the United States in 1990, she attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and graduated with an MFA in Fiber. As an artist with a f ...
1 year ago

Karen Goetzinger: The flood of memories

Karen Goetzinger: The flood of memories
Karen Goetzinger is best known for her finely detailed mixed media textile constructions. She combines her roots in quilt making and couture construction with a life-long passion for the urban landscape and architecture, Karen captures these instances through the p ...
1 year ago

Wyllie O Hagan: Whitework – A Gentle Path

Wyllie O Hagan: Whitework – A Gentle Path
Denise Wyllie and Clare O Hagan are award-winning visual artists who live and work in London. Together, the two artists tackle and deliver huge art projects such as Whitework – A Gentle Path, which is a strategy designed for people to manage the fear of cance ...
1 year ago

Amelia Harnas: Art factory

Amelia Harnas: Art factory
Amelia Harnas likes to move around a lot. From her hometown in Corning, NY she’s lived in Portland, OR and Paris, France but considers Kassel in Germany her home from home. She currently resides in Portland, ME. At a very early age, Amelia inhaled paint thinn ...
1 year ago

Gillian Bates: Feathers and fur

Gillian Bates: Feathers and fur
Gillian Bates has been working as a full-time textile designer since 2008 and has proudly exhibited internationally and more recently has created work specifically for John Lewis and the View from the Shard. In this interview Gillian talks about her early life at c ...
2 years ago

Fiona Rainford: Playing the long game

Fiona Rainford: Playing the long game
Fiona Rainford is a mixed media textile artist using a variety of techniques, the choice of which depends on the concept and the context in which she is working. Her work is often inspired by the natural world and natural processes related to the passage of time an ...
2 years ago

Erlend Helling-Larsen: The intimacy of embroidery

Erlend Helling-Larsen: The intimacy of embroidery
Embroidery is one of the many media Norwegian artist Erlend Helling-Larsen uses. On pages torn from magazines such as Playboy and Penthouse, he clothes the naked women stitch by stitch. His work with embroidery has strong historical references. Contrasts abound in ...
2 years ago

Dee Thomas: Capturing a fleeting moment in time

Dee Thomas: Capturing a fleeting moment in time
It was with reluctance that Dee Thomas, who had always professed to disliking stitch, accompanied a friend to a meeting of the Embroiderer’s Guild. Up until then, Dee had only been familiar with traditional embroidery and it was a wonderful surprise to disc ...

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