Archive for October 6th, 2011

Surfing for stitch

Some stitch-related websites I’ve found interesting lately:

Takashi Iwasaki, Pinapinatamashiihasukozuchi Embroidery floss and fabric (hand embroidered) 45.5cm x 45.5cm 2009

Takashi Iwasaki uses a range of media to create his artwork including hand embroidery. His statement explains “hand embroidering is the most time-consuming and painstaking method of art-making which in turn engages my thinking process differently from the other methods I use, such as collage making, drawing, painting, printmaking, and other graphic/web-design-related creations. Working with various kinds of media is very important for me to keep my thoughts and ideas fluid and flexible.”

I like the playful and colourful work. The main stitch used seems to be satin stitch, and flattened down in a photo is visually very close to his painting in acrylic in particular. It seems to me his interest is in the process of the hand stitching, rather than exploring the range of marks and textures that stitch offers.

Shona Skinner, Towards North Unst, 19 x 17 cm

Shona Skinner lives in Shetland and her work is full of images of the sea and nature that surrounds her. Shona works from her drawings and in her Studio photos you can see a little of how she develops her images. Shona fuses fabrics together, then free machine embroidery. In some of the works I think I see a little hand stitching too. The images are beautiful and peaceful. I like the use of cloth as an integral part of the final piece (for instance in the skies), not just a somewhat anonymous base for stitching.

Alice Kettle, Camille, 52 x 32 cm, 2004

Alice Kettle has an emotional connection with her work and the tactile qualities are important. There is such an incredible amount of feeling expressed. Alice has put very high resolution images on her website, and if you zoom right in you can see every stitch, the different qualities of yarn, the layering – fascinating.

All three of these artists come from a formal training in fine arts and they each use stitch quite differently.

I also read a book review on the Textile Arts Center blog about Hoopla: the art of unexpected embroidery. Then followed some of the links on that page to various artists… you can spend a lot of time surfing!


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