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Bárbara Salazar is an embroidery artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Bárbara Salazar - Fragmento De Atlantis

 

“My pieces evoke the magical side of life forms. I want to transform that idea into an embroidery. From matter that floats light years ago over our head to a tiny creature in the deep sea. I like to create something that look like a mineral or a sea being but actually it’s both things. Something that could be water and the sky at the same time.

 

Bárbara Salazar - Cell

“I like to work with different types of beads and sequins, that allows me to create high-relief. I also work with metallic and holographic papers and with the reflection of light when it meets the translucent beads. I like the idea of creating a sense of movement from something static. With threads I specially enjoy working with tiny stitches to make patterns that ends up looking like a microscopic vision of these little worlds I create.”

 

Bárbara Salazar - Cell (detail)

Bárbara’s background is in fashion embroidery and her work is an evolution away from this arena into something more organic. The use of beads and sequins retain the connection with her roots, but she applies them in new ways to create depth and perspective within a relative flat space.

Bárbara Salazar - Valle (2014)

Bárbara’s pieces are abstract yet there is a familiarity in the work – we could be looking at scientific samples or images from an interstellar perspective, rather than embroidered art. It reinforces the way that nature repeats patterns on a grand and tiny scale, and that we should remain in fascination of the world that we are a part of.

Bárbara Salazar - La Fusión

I’m always pleased to see when artists use beads to push at boundaries. I’ll be interested to see where Bárbara’s journey takes her. For now you can enjoy her existing body of work at her website.

Bárbara Salazar - La Fusión (detail)

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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

Niki Havekost is a mixed media artist from Rochester, USA.

Niki Havekost - Pin Cushion

“I am currently making three-dimensional figures that are doll like in form.  These stitched and painted bodies, with fragile limbs of sewing and cooking tools, began as an experiment with materials and found objects.  The first doll was a gift I never intended to keep.  She had me excited about the potential of the process; the process of making figures I had never seen but knew so well. I made another and then another, and somewhere along the way I started making myself. 

 Niki Havekost - Spool

“This work of making oneself is on going and a part of a tradition of “women’s work” that is integral to the feminine identity.  I find this work both satisfying and difficult.  We make and tend with sewing needles, seam rippers, spoons and measuring cups.  These instruments are some of our tools, but so are our bodies. 

Niki Havekost - Pin Cushion & Measuring Spoons

“My body is a site of comfort and discomfort, desire and disgust that I share with my partner and children.  The act of becoming a mother was an experience of profound undoing and transformation of my body.  These sewing and cooking tools are, for me, deeply intertwined in the experience of my body and its functions.  In the making of these bodies, I hope to come closer to understanding my own. “

Niki Havekost - 12

Niki’s dolls are enchanting, but in a really eerie way. They have a homemade quality to them, but to me they feel as though they made themselves. It’s not hard to imagine them coming to life at night and making more dolls from things lying around the house.

Niki Havekost - Bird Doll

As well as the dolls with found objects, Niki’s website contains a wealth of other creative output, including animal dolls and some pretty awesome beadwork.

Niki Havekost - Beaded Work

It’s worth taking time to enjoy Niki’s creativity at her website. Tell her Mr X sent you!

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

Helen Sill is a mixed media artist from Hampshire, England.

Helen Sill

“I use paper cloth and stitch to try to make sense of my world.  I draw into paper and cloth and  using hand stitch and free machine embroidery in an attempt to convey a personal story.   At the moment I am using the power of stitch to make books, boxes and pictures. 

Helen Sill - Cubes

“I am inspired by great works of art, great artists and the female (i.e. my!) experience.  I respect the huge tradition of embroidery and believe it needs to constantly evolve to be relevant in today’s society.  Textile art needs to be more out there in the public domain.”

Helen Sill - Wall Pieces

I met Helen at this year’s London Knitting & Stitching Show and thought her work was really interesting. Filled with stream of consciousness commentary and spontaneous doodles that are converted to stitch, her art pieces are encapsulated thoughts made real.

Helen Sill - Stitched Doodles

There’s a rawness to Helen’s work that fits in nicely with the unfiltered content she creates – an examination of her pieces, which she makes for deliberate interaction, is a wander through her unconscious and a showcase of her thoughts on life, art and a whole lot more. It’s a nice idea and I look forward to seeing how it evolves.

Helen Sill - Cubes

Find out more about Helen at her website.

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

Meredith Woolnough is a visual artist from Newcastle New South Wales.

Meredith Woolnough - Ginkgo Florette

“Her elegant embroidered traceries capture the power, beauty and fragility of nature in knotted embroidery threads. The work explores the sculptural possibilities of a unique embroidery technique that utilises a domestic sewing machine and a base fabric that dissolves in water. By repeatedly stitching threads into dense structures Meredith creates intricate and complex openwork compositions that are then carefully suspended in space with pins, causing them to cast delicate shadows.

Meredith Woolnough - Mushroom Coral
“I have always found inspiration in the natural world. I am lucky enough to live close to both coastal and bushland environments so I get go visit various habitats frequently. Exploring, collecting and drawing makes up a large part of the field work aspect of my practice and I like to research any plant or animal thoroughly so I understand it before I translate it into stitches.

Meredith Woolnough - Coral Star

“I am also a keep scuba diver so I love to explore the world below the waves as well. I have always been fascinated by the structure of things, from the hard shapes of coral colonies to the minute arterial veins in leaves. I like to draw parallels between the growth and life systems of various organisms in my work commenting upon the interconnectedness of all living things.

Meredith Woolnough - Scribbly Gum Leaf

Not unlike the work of Andy Goldsmith, Meredith’s work reminds us of the architectural beauty of nature. Her clever use of soluble fabrics produces art pieces that are calming and beautiful.

Meredith Woolnough - Ginko Biloba

 

It’s certainly inspirational. A relatively simple technique is deployed with grace and style, and I know I’d love one of these pieces on the walls of my home.

Meredith Woolnough - Clear Resin Collection

Enjoy much more of Meredith’s work at her website and follow her on Facebook for her latest news.

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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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