Category goldwork

Gin Gloves

Last night saw the opening of London Met’s new exhibition, ‘Fabric of the City’. Drawing upon East London’s rich textile tradition, a number of artists were invited to use the 17th century weaving of Spitalfields Silk as an inspiration point from which to formulate a contemporary work. I had the wonderful opportunity to work on a […]

‘Litany of Loreto’ stitched samples

Some of my readers will remember this post in which I described my moving and highly influential visit to Ely Cathedral’s ecclesiastical embroidery exhibition, ‘For Worship and Glory’. Perhaps the most significant piece of work on display, to me at least, was a series of panels entitled ‘The Litany of Loreto’. These panels, currently in the […]

Golden-Haired Girls

Attempt number three at an embroidered face: blonde bombshell. I wanted to try combining goldwork and silk shading in one portrait, and since I don’t possess any brown metallic passing thread to couch down, my standard brunette model became blonde. (as before, total height 7cms.) Just like the previous attempt, her hair is padded up […]

Ely Cathedral – Ecclesiastical Embroidery Exhibition

Just before the excitement of setting up my show at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, I made time to go and see the breathtakingly spectacular show ‘For worship and glory: A unique exhibition of Ecclesiastical Embroidery’ at Ely Cathedral, curated by the Royal School of Needlework. In case you hadn’t realised by now, Goldwork […]

Chocolate bar series complete!

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 […]

Toffee Crisp

Happy new year readers! My final embroidery of 2014 – Nestle’s chocolate bar ‘Toffee Crisp’, twisted into the far more appropriate ‘Toffee Crisis’. Eating disorder puns aside, ‘Toffee Crisis’ nearly became a very real possibility for me whilst driving to the supermarket to acquire another ‘source of inspiration’ (realistically, more chocolate). An icy roundabout totally […]

Smarties wrapper

Another painstakingly hand-embroidered, re-written pun of Nestles ‘Smarties’ chocolates. Bulimia scars the sufferer, mentally and sometimes physically, so here is my visual acknowledgement disguised – as usual – behind the multicoloured mask of something seemingly far less sinister. Slightly underwhelmed by this one. Definitely my least favourite in the series so far: Nestle ‘Smarties’ packet. The […]