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

Hello beloved readers, how are you? In honour of the sixth birthday of the site, here’s six cross stitchers that we’ve featured in the past that deserve another airing. Yes, that’s right, cross stitch. It’s the simplest of stitches, but these guys prove that it’s a remarkable tool for artistic expression – enjoy!

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Noelle Mason

Noelle Mason

Andoni Maillard - Fire

Andoni Maillard

Pete Fowler - Synth Galleon - Cross Stitch

Pete Fowler

Alicia Ross - Motherboard 2 - Machine Embroidered Cross Stitch

Alicia Ross

Evelin Kasikov

Evelin Kasikov

Diane Meyer - Mauer Park - cross stitch on photograph

Diane Meyer

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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

Hello beloved readers, how are you? I’m off on holiday in Sicily at the moment, so I’m making life easy for myself by sharing some older Edge posts that you might have missed. In honour of the sixth birthday of the site, here’s six superb hand embroiderers for your viewing pleasure. Click on the image to visit the original post!

Almas Pieters - Stolen Beauties

Almas Pieters

Maria Pineres

Maria Pineres

Luisa Zilio - Frida Kahlo - Hand Embroidery

Luisa Zilio

Cayce Zavaglia - Teo (detail) - Hand Embroidery

Cayce Zavaglia

Stephanie Clark - Droppo Dwellings (detail) - Hand Embroidery on Canvas

Stephanie Clark

MaricorMaricar - Blondie - Hand Embroidery

MaricorMaricar

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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

Caren Garfen is an embroidery artist from London.

Caren Garfen - Guilt Biscuits - 2014

Guilt Biscuits – Cookies have been hand stitched with silk threads. Biscuits are one of our ‘treats’ but at the same time we feel guilty about eating them, especially after going past two or three! One would think twice about nibbling into a biscuit with thread stitched into it especially after reading the message it holds.

“For fifteen years up until 2007 I worked as a craftsperson hand stitching top-of-the-range, miniature, and traditional samplers for dolls’ houses. My work was sold, by my agent and myself, all over the USA, in Japan, Europe and Great Britain, to adult collectors. In 2007 I graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a First Class (Hons) degree in the Applied Arts, and I now work as an artist.

 

Caren Garfen - Clock, 'Weight a Minute' - 2014

Weight a Minute – This artwork has been created using real weighing scales but has been adapted using silkscreen printed imagery and hand stitched motifs onto cotton. The dial is now in the form of a clock used to represent the time that diets tend to fail, ten past four in the afternoon, when all good resolutions tend to fail….

“I am currently creating an art installation dealing with women and dieting for The Knitting & Stitching Show which takes place this Autumn. I will be incorporating works that have been made over the last three to four years and creating new pieces, bringing everything together in the shape of a kitchen. I have hand drawn and silkscreen printed all of the cupboards, washing machine, sink, oven, tiles, etc. which, as well as forming a backdrop for the installation, will become an integral part of this life-size artwork.

It's only a question of balance, Caren Garfen, K&S

“It will not be possible to open the cupboards or eat anything in this kitchen as, according to research, food is dangerous.  One week we can eat dairy, the next we cannot.  Carbohydrates are fine, or carbohydrates are harmful.  Sugar is deleterious to your teeth and your health, and sweeteners are full of chemicals. We should now eat 10 portions of fruit and vegetables rather than five! We treat ourselves with ‘good’ foods and feel guilty about ‘bad’ foods… Enter this kitchen at your peril!”

A pick-me-up, Caren Garfen, K&S

Caren’s work is astonishing. I’ve seen it with my own eyes and it’s minute and perfect. Caren’s years of stitching for tiny textile things for dolls houses have given her command over the microstitch and she uses it to terrific effect.

Oven Love, Caren Garfen, K&S

At first glance you’ll assume the work is machine stitched, such is the size and delicacy of the stitch, but it’s all done by hand. Contained within the work is a quiet wit that brings the pieces to life and draws you in. It’s magic.

Tea Time, Caren Garfen, K&S

Find out more at Caren’s very cool site.

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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

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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