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Kintsugi and the car crash

‘The healing power of stitch’ is a concept widely acknowledged within our community as one generally held to be of great importance. I’m sure many of us can relate to the theraputic, calming qualities stitch imbibes into our frequently chaotic lives: a sense of creativity, of connection, of mindfulness and meaning. It’s also a phrase […]

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#stitchoff Lady’s Magazine Sampling

LADY’S MAGAZINE PROJECT. I was first introduced to the ‘Lady’s magazine project’ – aka the ‘Stitch-Off’ – via Twitter, of all places. A far less eloquent  version of the correspondence so prevalent between ladies of the Regency era, this social media platform nevertheless informed me of an exciting new embroidery venture underway. Chawton House Library, […]

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Kintsugi Vases

Smashing pottery and working detailed, delicate embroidery may not seem like the most obvious combination for a new body of work to be born from. However, these two unlikely process have merged in my latest creation: ‘kintsugi vases’. ‘Kintsugi’ is the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. Rather than discard a cracked […]

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Subverted Cross-Stitch Sampler

Contemporary needlework, as Mr X Stitch readily reminds us all, needn’t stay synonymous with the outdated imagery of cute country cottages or faded florals: of female family members sewing traditional, twee, or even – dare I use the word – ‘nice’ designs. This is perhaps especially relevant within the medium of cross-stitch, many people’s ‘go-to’ genre […]

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Volpe D’Oro

(Finally, I’m finding the time to sit and catch up with an ongoing barrage of blog posts that are well overdue writing!) In January I was approached by an emerging start-up company called ‘Volpe d’Oro‘ (translated: ‘Golden Fox’) to produce a hand-embroidered sample for their London Fashion Week menswear collection. Volpe d’Oro are not your […]

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Update: studio space, shows and scribbling

Life is somewhat chaotic at the moment. The end of the academic year (Masters degrees run for a complete year until September) brings with it successes but also its own set of challenges: a move into the unknown and a move out of uni. Hence I’ve temporarily downed needles and swapped stitch for DIY as […]

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On being an emerging artist

‘Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has ever known’ – Oscar Wilde. ‘Emerging Artist’: a phrase conjuring up images of an oil-paint splattered student tearing her way out of an embroidery-thread chrysalis, wielding a portfolio in one hand and desperately updating social media in the other. But what does it actually […]