Cutting & Stitching Edge

It's the Fifth Friday Festival of Fabulousness from Mr X Stitch!

For the past three years, the TextileArtist website has been championing the cause of textile art with highly informative articles about process and practice from a wide range of embroiderers and mixed media artists. I’ve been a fan of the site for a long time and their new eBook – 3D Mixed Media Textile Art – is a terrific exploration of the world we all love and the amazing art within it.

3D mixed media textile art - Helen Weston

Featuring 50 artists from around the world, all of whom are taking stitch out of the 2D context, this book is an almost overwhelming collection of masterful work across the spectrum of stitch. The breadth of work on show is fantastic, with so many dynamic artists and remarkable examples of textile art.

3D mixed media textile - June Lee

Each artist section explores their beginnings, their inspiration, their process and their practice with a ton of wisdom to be discovered. It’s really interesting to learn how artists create some of these amazing pieces and it’s great that the book demystifies these works some of which, quite frankly, baffle me in their construction.

3D mixed media textile art - Isobel Currie

Not since PUSH Stitchery* has there been such a fine collection of contemporary embroidered art, and you will be able to spend hours enjoying this book and marvelling at the work contained within. It really is a job well done.

3D mixed media textile art - Alejandra Bermeno

If I had one criticism of the book, it’s a shame that it’s an eBook, as I’d love to have one of these on my coffee table at home, but that’s no criticism at all. If anything, the electronic format gives you more opportunity to enjoy the work in detail – just remember to look away from the screen occasionally!

3D mixed media textile art - Pamela Campagna

If you’re a fan of embroidered art or you’re in a position to teach and share exciting art with people, you owe it to yourself to get a copy of 3D Mixed Media Textile Art. I cannot recommend it enough!

*shameless but not unwarranted plug!


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The Cutting & Stitching Edge | Contemporary Embroidered Art from Mr X Stitch

NeSpoon is a visual artist from Poland.


“I was born in 2009. I create works that are somewhere in between street art, pottery, painting and sculpture.  I would like to make positive art and to deal with positive emotions. Sometimes, I also comment in my art  social and political issues that I consider important.

Nespoon - Fundão 2014

“Most of my work consist of prints of traditional laces, made in clay or painted on the walls.  They are hand made, by the folk artists.

Nespoon - Guanvi 1

“Why laces? Because in laces there is an aesthetic code, which is deeply embedded in every culture. In every lace we find symmetry, some kind of order and harmony, isn’t that what we all seek for instinctively?

Nespoon - Big Draw Nijmegen 2014 4


“Why street art? Because it gives freedom.”

Nespoon - New York 2013 2


I love this work so much. Lace is a magnificent craft that has a unique relationship with the environment. There are many regionally specific lace patterns; in the UK there are numerous towns that are known for their lace and the historic connections between lace and place are renowned.

Nespoon - Fundão 2014 1

But lace, like many crafts, is under-appreciated and the subtle but powerful connection is unknown to most people. NeSpoon provides a visible reminder of lace’s power by evoking warm patriotism in us, reminding us that we’re connected to our place in deeper ways that we realise.

Nespoon - Sinai 2

Not only is her work across many different media, the extent of Nespoon’s work is amazing. From the West Bank and Sinai to Brooklyn and Portugal, Nespoon has been weaving magic through her work in some profound and powerful ways.

Nespoon - Big Draw Nijmegen 2014


Her ability to find a space and make a piece of art that utterly enhances the environment is quite special. Every single picture on her site is stunning.

Nespoon - Big Draw Nijmegen 2014 3

Take five minutes out of your day to enjoy this film of the Scars intervention in Warsaw and Berlin.


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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The Cutting & Stitching Edge | Contemporary Embroidered Art from Mr X Stitch

Something a bit different this week – LaceFence.


“LaceFence is a Dutch based company that designs & produces unique architectural fabric delivered globally. LaceFence has grown into a product which lives up to the highest standards for a variety of applications.



“LaceFence shows how something which was meant to be purely functional can also be decorative. Hostility versus kindness, industry versus craft.



“The architectural applications are limitless. Varying from (french) balconies, building facades, ceiling panels, bridge & staircase railings, room dividers, park & driveway fencing, gates & doors, logo’s & promotional banners or even just as a handmade artpiece on the wall.”


I’m a bit in love with this idea. Why should chain link fences be boring? If you’re going to have the same old same old then at least they can be yarnbombed, but LaceFence changes the game significantly with their concept.

I also like the fact that they’re honouring traditional lace with many of their designs. On their site you can see new and fresh ideas that cater to the commercial requirements of their customers, but a lot of the time it appears that they enjoy playing with patterns that are familiar and nostalgic.


I think it’s beautiful and one day when I get to do the Grand Designs thing and build Mr X Stitch Towers, I’m getting me some LaceFence!


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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Sayraphim Lothian is a “public artist and investigator of playful engagement & experiments in guerrilla kindness” from Melbourne, Australia. She has a new artist in residency project that is very interesting!

Sayraphim Lothian - Wreath

“It’s called Craffiti and it’s soft sculpture and other crafted works based on some of Melbourne’s amazing street art scene. The crafts range from knitting to cross stitch, hand quilting to soft sculpture and embroidery. Alongside each work is a photo of the original street art piece and most of the artists represented have works of their own in the exhibition as well.

Sayraphim Lothian - Tag
“I look at sewing as solving puzzles, how am I going to make this the shape I want, what craft will I use, what materials will give me the surface I’m looking for, and so using street art for the inspiration offered me a whole new set of challenges. Will I make this 3d or 2d? What kind of craft will suit the original work the best? And, in one case, how the hell am I going to make this guy stand on his own without wire or bring hung up?

Sayraphim Lothian - Figure

“Using other people’s artwork as a starting point for your own is also a great responsibility. With any work you make, you want to make it as best as you can, but when using someone else’s work as a template, you have an added responsibility to be true to their vision as well as your own. You don’t want to present a work they’re going to hate!

Sayraphim Lothian - Crowned Figure

I love the idea of artists in residence, those schemes that museums, historic houses, libraries and other institutions have where artists are invited in to soak up the collections, the buildings, the histories and the stories and emerge with new artworks based on their experiences. Artists can offer the public a new way to look at an item, a new way to think about a building, a new way to experience a history. Artists can take the familiar and re-present it in a new light, using different materials to encourage us to really look at something we thought we knew, and present to us new thoughts, ideas and experiences we haven’t had before.

Sayraphim Lothian - TentacledFigure

In a way, Craffiti is exactly this, an artist residency down the alleyways of Melbourne, bringing back ideas and forms found under eaves, on walls and fences, attached to poles and hidden under bridges. Remaking these forms in new materials to present them to the audience in a new light.


When I was first approaching the street artists, I was a little aware that craft can be seen as a bit daggy in the public eye and that some of these artists have been painting the streets for decades. In particular one artist who I have been in awe of since I discovered his work over 10 years ago, I was a bit nervous to email him and say “Umm, I’d like to quilt your tag please…” but they were all amazingly supportive and really keen to see their work in new ways.

Sayraphim Lothian - Octopus


“I’m a public artist, who’s main body of work is in Guerrilla Kindness. It’s where I made small, handcrafted works to place out in the streets for people to find and take home, to make their day a little brighter. So with Craffiti I really wanted to have a Guerrilla Kindness aspect to it, as well as take it out to the streets. I was very aware that I was bringing street art into a nice, clean gallery space so I wanted to ensure that some of Craffiti made it’s way back out onto the streets. So I knitted around 20 spray cans (which rattle, thanks to a film canister and wooden bead inside) and they’ve been sent off to friends around the world who’ll be dropping them in their cities. Already spray cans have gone out in Perth (AUS) and Durham, NC (USA), they’ll also be appearing on streets in London (courtesy of Deadly Knitshade), Berlin, New York, Boston, Stockholm, Brisbane (AUS) and of course Melbourne! Each can has “Craffiti” and “@sayraphim” so that people can check in if they’d like to, but they don’t have too. It’s an obligation free gift, from us to whoever finds them.

Sayraphim Lothian - Troll

Such a great idea and some excellent pieces of work. I want that troll so bad. Follow all of Sayraphim’s adventures on instagram, facebook, twitter and on her website.

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