Tag Archives: Sewing

Stitched portrait practice

My most recent embroidered exploits have been attempting the question of how to portray a ‘reasonably realistic’ face in hand embroidery. Partly inspired by the medieval ecclesiastical subject matter of ‘Opus Anglicanum’, I have been experimenting with my own contemporary interpretations. It seems strange I have never attempted a face before and I felt compelled […]

I will maintain control amidst the chaos

Similar to my previous post – ‘the conformity of counted cross stitch’ – I went a little bit overboard with the counted cross stitch. This time I tried to see how small I could go. It truly does speak of obsession. ‘I will maintain control amidst the chaos’ pertains not only to the sentiment of […]

Precision-pieced stripes and obsession

Quite a sideline from my main body of chocolate-wrapper work. Here are a few of my experimentations with piecing together striped fabric. My eating disorder chocolate bars speak of obsession, of unwavering attention to self-imposed conditions. These fabric drawings also talk of exacting standards and of the ‘pursuit of perfection.’ Here are a couple of […]

Cadburys logo rewritten

Each country has its own universally available chocolate brand. America has Hersheys: Europe has Milka. Here in England, the (arguable) king of mass-produced chocolate confectionery is Cadburys. Founded almost 200 years ago in Birmingham by a Mr. John Cadbury himself, who specialised in drinking-chocolate powder, the brand has evolved to be a worldwide consumer phenomenon. […]

Snickers bar

I’ve posted this image before, but now the peanuts are embroidered and it’s ‘finished’. The original ‘Snickers’ chocolate bar given my typical twisted treatment. Executed in embroidery with metallic threads, appliqued white PVC and silk-shaded peanuts. I’ve been contemplating: Just why is the medium of embroidery so important to these works? (Beyond the obvious, that […]

Chocolate wrappers re-written: Kit Kat

The next in my chocolate wrapper series. Quite an obvious eating-disorder-related pun this time…. I’m not entirely happy with how this one turned out. I’m still preparing the background and the text with padding, as I like the raised-up effect, totally different to how the original labels lie completely flat. However, this time I think […]

‘Careless Whispa’: Chocolate wrapper re-written

The next stitched-up installment of text-twisting. Apologies for the pretty crappy photo (I was using the other camera, but it’ll do as a snapshot for now.) If you’re familiar with the Cadbury’s chocolate bar ‘Wispa’, and the George Michael song ‘Careless Whisper’, you’ll see what I did here. Yes. (Just don’t expect to find it […]