The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Ben Conrad

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Ben Conrad is an artist based in Jersey City, NJ. He works in a range of media, and has produced a series of anatomical embroideries.

Ben Conrad Digestive Embroidery

They cover actual anatomical details, and then also more esoteric attributes. Such as worries:

Ben Conrad Worries Embroidery

Ben’s a pretty likeable guy.¬†With terrific honesty, he says “I suppose I should have some more specific sort of artist statement, but frankly I think most such material belongs in the trash bin. Until I think of a more pretentious way to put it, my only goal in making art is to take some of the multitude of images constantly swimming around my brain and put them out in the world.

Ben Conrad Nervous Embroidery

These pieces are simple and friendly. They are unpretentious and you can tell that Ben has stitched them because he wanted to. His unapologetic outlook is great and it’s a shame that he hasn’t explored the embroidery media in more ways.

Ben Conrad catperson embroidery

Visit his website to see more of his works and check out his blog to get to know him. It’s a good read.

And thanks to the marvellous Fiberartsy for the recommendation!

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The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the contemporary embroidered art book curated by Jamie Chalmers. Featuring 30 textile-based artists from around the world, it’s a must have for needlework fans.

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3 thoughts on “The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Ben Conrad

  • Crystal (fiberartsy)

    30 July 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Looks great! I wish he’d do more!!! We really need it!

  • I’ve always thought that anatomy was gross, and I still do, but this embroidery is extremely cool! I give the artist much credit for making something so gross into something so neat.

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