Whilst appearing to the casual observer as intricate, highly accurately embroidered renditions of popular confectionery logos, this series hides a darker secret. Subtly subverting the messages of many a recognisable chocolate brand, my stitch skills combine with darkly humorous puns to comment on the emotional impact of an eating disorder. What is fundamentally a destructive condition is transformed here in to something aesthetically pleasing, yet perhaps made all the more poignant for its subtext.
The medium of hand stitch is essential to the execution of these designs: a slow, intense, often obsessive process whose unwavering attention to detail mirrors the obsession of an eating disorder. Traditional ‘Goldwork’ techniques such as couching, applique and felt padding have been extensively re-worked and updated to give my work a contemporary edge whilst remaining highly influenced by technique (if not subject matter itself.)
And I am very proud to announce I will be showing these alongside the wonderful Mr X Stitch at this Spring’s Knitting and Stitching Show, Olympia, London, 5th-8th March. I will also be hanging around to help out with the ‘Inspiration Station’ and hopefully inspire some more of you to share my passion for needle and thread. So if you’re there, do drop by and see us!