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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 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

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 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

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

Stacey Chapman is an embroidery artist from Margate, UK.

Stacey Chapman - Chihuahua - Machine Embroidery

I discovered Stacey’s work at the Handmade Fair and was blown away by her talent. Here’s Stacey’s story:

“Kirstie Allsopp’s “crack cocaine of the craft world” comment about freehand machine embroidery, proved to be utterly true in Stacey Chapmans world. A couple of years after watching said programme, she finally found the perfect subject matter to try out the craft that had firmly lodged in her brain – her Mums new rescue Chihuahua, deciding to make it for her Christmas present. She was studying dressmaking part time at Adult Education, so had a sewing machine, basic sewing/machine skills combined with her background in illustration, therefore thought the craft may suit her skill set.

Stacey Chapman - Sleeping Puppy - Machine Embroidery

“This first result was surprisingly pleasing, so after some research online, found that nobody else seemed to be selling freehand pet portraits in stitch. She found this astonishing as the craft lends itself so beautifully to fur and was thrilled to find and fill that illusive hole in the market. Hence Art Sea Craft Sea was born, the company name doffing its cap to the artist’s burgeoning artistic home town of Margate. She launched her business in November 2013 and has been overwhelmed with the response to the work ever since.

Stacey Chapman - Bulldog - Machine Embroidery

Stacey describes her method as painting with thread. She sees it as a similar method to the popular Impressionist movement of pointillism, if there were such a word, she would call it “lineism”, as the overall colour is created by a mass of multicoloured and toned lines of thread closely combined. Using any thread that matches the required tone and colour, regardless of texture, price or finish, getting the colour right is vital. The metallic thread is the only exception to the thread free for all, they are reserved exclusively for the lights within the eyes, utilising different coloured metallics to maximise the effect. Stacey sites using each photographic reference of the subject in tiny detail as the key to the work, ensuring every colour/tone is as accurate or heightened as possible, even if only two stitches are sewn at a time before changing threads.”

Stacey Chapman - Black Dog - Machine Embroidery

What’s remarkable about Stacey she’s only been doing this since November 2014. It’s exciting to see a talent like Stacey burst into life and start sharing her skills for the enjoyment of others. Without a doubt she is a gifted illustrator and the connection with machine embroidery has unlocked something magical. She has started with a focus on bespoke dog portraits, but I’m hoping she’ll spread her wings to embrace all manner of subjects. I don’t doubt she can handle it.

Stacey Chapman - Greyhound - Machine Embroidery

It’s early days for Stacey but I cannot wait to see what she does and in which directions she goes. Visit her website and place your orders!

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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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