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

We don’t normally do repeat visits to the artists featured in the Cutting (& Stitching) Edge posts, but Jacquelyn Royal‘s graffiti needlepoint deserves another outing.

Jacquelyn Royal - Los Angeles 1 - Needlepoint

Jacquelyn Royal is an artist and professor of the humanities living and working from Saratoga Springs, New York.

Jacquelyn Royal - Barcelona - Needlepoint

“Socrates stated that the unexamined life is not worth living. Many go through life conforming to the ideas that society has imposed upon us, ideas that define for the norm what is good and right, and what is corrupt and erroneous. 

Jacquelyn Royal - Los Angeles 2 - Needlepoint

“My interest lies primarily in the manipulation of textiles in the service of subverting popular notions about the medium and my chosen subject matter. In my series of urban needlepoint studies, I have sought to shed new light on urban blight by translating its compositional and textural properties to a folk medium with little history for embracing dystopian ideas. It is my hope that this juxtaposition will transform the audience’s perception of both and help them to see true beauty in what would otherwise be dismissed as banal.”

Jacquelyn Royal - Tokyo 2 - Needlepoint

I love Jacquelyn’s work. I love how it focuses the often mundane view of the urban sprawl and captures the unorthodox beauty in these scenes. We’ve all seen these views in travels around cities and over time we take them for granted. Jacquelyn reminds us that art is everywhere.

Jacquelyn Royal - Detroit 3 - Needlepoint

I love that Jacquelyn uses needlepoint to create these pieces, really showing the capabilities of the simplest stitch form out there, blending colour and shade to create detailed pictures with depth and perspective. It’s the kind of work I wish I was doing.

Jacquelyn Royal - Barcelona Triptych - Needlepoint

Visit Jacquelyn’s website to see more of her work, and follow her on Instagram to see works in progress. While you’re at it, feel free to enjoy her earlier work in our Edge post from 2009.

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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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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.

Nespoon

“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.

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

Something a bit different this week – LaceFence.

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

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

LaceFence

 

“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.”

LaceFence

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.

LaceFence

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!

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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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