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ZoraHolly is a mother and daughter embroidery team from China.

ZoraHolly - Chrysanthemum Sculpture Necklace

“It is hard to explain the secret behind our work. When my mother and I first worked together to create these art works we could never have imagined the results. Our only wish is to share them with those among you who love art. Also, we feel our work has a sense of fulfilling a special destiny. A daughter who was once taught so many things by her mother now finds herself becoming the teacher.

ZoraHolly - Brocade Satin Flower Necklace

“The life” represents familial affection, with mother and daughter knitted together in perfect intimacy. Their life experience has shaped each other’s stories. “Losing” brought a new meaning to our relationship. Now cherishing each other and what we have is at the foundation of our relationship. This life of ours spans several decades but is ultimately limited. Sometimes it seems so long and at other times it appears so very short. However, within this finite life, we strive to create a small world which can retain an eternal serenity.”

Zora Yin - Ants Soft Sculpture

There’s no denying the exquisite nature of this work, recreating the beauty of nature in minute proportion. The jewellery is filled with detail of stitch and elegant construction.

ZoraHolly - Romantic Sakura Necklace

Zora’s individual works explore similar content, with lifelike insect sculptures being created out of thread and wire. It’s impressive work, and while the flowery necklaces might not be everyone’s cup of tea, there’s no denying the quality and charm of the work.

Zora Yin - Spider Soft Sculpture

Find out more about ZoraHolly at their site and make your purchase at their etsy store.

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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

Almas Pieters is a mixed-media artist from the Netherlands.

Almas Pieters - Genevieve

“As an illustrator Almas Pieters uses different kinds of everyday materials and crafts from grandma’s time to tell stories. She, in particular, has a fascination for thread/needle and textiles. Not bound by any technical knowledge she walks along beaten paths looking for new and surprising angles.

Almas Pieters - Stolen Beauties

“Inspired by the drive of outsider artists she starts off making collages with cut-out pictures and images from magazines and the internet, rearranging and recreating content. While stitching the loose elements together, covering the collage with a thick layer of brightly coloured thread, her imagination kicks in. Deviating from her original plan the collage gradually transforms into a new image, surprising Almas herself with the result. All pieces are embroidered by hand.

Almas Pieters - Godzillaman (detail)

There’s a real energy to Almas’ work – her pieces are filled with colour and packed with simple, vibrant stitching.

Almas Pieters - Warrior

I love that she starts off with paper collage,  but completely transforms the original material, in medium and in content. Almas makes new pieces of pop culture art with a rawness that’s completely engaging.

Almas Pieters - Mommas Boy

Visit Almas’ website to find out more about her work – I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes out with next!

Almas Pieters - I'll Walk Away If You Walk Away

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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

Luisa Zilio is an embroidery artist from Bristol.

Luisa Zilio - Frida Kahlo - Hand Embroidery

“I am a textile artist who has been studying mental health and its sufferers for many years. Drawn from an emotional and physical investment in my subject, I present a series of embroidered portraits of significant cultural figures with a potent common thread; of mental health and its link to a particularly powerful strain of creativity.

Luisa Zilio - Dylan Thomas - Hand Embroidery

“My aim is to draw attention to my work from viewers who may take an interest in the subjects themselves, and then present the often stigmatised subject matter of mental health; raising awareness, as well as celebrating it for its less negative connotations, illustrating the undeniable link to a particularly dazzling form of creativity. 

Luisa Zilio - Nina Simone - Hand Embroidery

“My use of embroidery is also a direct reference to my own Bipolar disorder. It’s a technique I use to control emotion, to focus my mind, a meditative process. The repetitive nature of the work in which I immerse myself and the painstaking and physically demanding hours put into each piece are factors that lead to a genuine emotional investment in my work.”

Luisa Zilio - Vivien Leigh - Hand Embroidery

I’m glad Luisa shared her portfolio with me, I really like it. It’s an interesting collection of characters brought together by a subject that is still somewhat taboo. Luisa’s process has a therapeutic element, not unlike the work of Alex Walters and I’d interested to find out more about the healing power of stitch from her experience.

Luisa Zilio - Jean-Michel Basquiat - Hand Embroidery

Visit Luisa’s website to connect with her and enjoy more of her work.

Luisa Zilio - Virginia Woolf - Hand Embroidery

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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

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Stewart Easton on a couple of projects, and he’s a great guy. A fantastic illustrator – check out this mural he’s done in the bar at Cecil Sharp House as part of the Yan Tan Tethera project.

Stewart Easton Mural at Cecil Sharp House

Cecil Sharp House is home of the English Folk Dance & Song Society, who are working with David Littler on Yan Tan Tethera, a project that I’ve been helping out with in some stitching lyrics of songs relating to textiles on chairs at locations in London. You can add your #textilefolk stitch to three chairs at these London locations:

Find out more about Yan Tan Tethera at the textilefolksong website.

When I first met Stewart, it was part of an event called Interviews with Boys Who Sew, at MAC, in Birmingham. The event was inspired by Stewart’s exhibition Four Tragic Tales and featured Stewart. David Littler and Twiggy and I. You can see my interview here, but I digress.

Stewart Easton - Four Tragic Tales

I subsequently interviewed Stewart for eMbroidery and now it’s my pleasure to share a great video about one of his pieces Burden of Bones, produced by R&A Collaborations. It’s a great video where Stewart exlains the story and you can really enjoy his work.

Beauty in a Sad Song from R&A Collaborations on Vimeo.

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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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