The Ailist – Issue Three

Ailish Henderson shares her view on the world of embroidery - it's the Ailist!In which I give proof you can get inspired in a department store…and give a shameless plug to the up and coming Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair I am a part of this month……

Beginning with a bit of insp……

I am walking through a well known department store, only to find the new Max Mara collection has artist Richard Saja as a collaborator…have a look at these beauts:

The toile de jouy material has been embroidered in part to highlight the unexpected, for example a horses saddle or a characters face.
He has a way with a narrative, changing the “story” of the fabric to become something else.

Sooooo, personally I think this is clear evidence that it’s always a good idea to go out and get a sneaky coffee…its blatantly always inspirational 😉

On another note, I have previously mentioned that I am doing The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at The Biscuit Factory June 23/34.

It’s free entry, so if you can, please come say hello.

If you want a preview, I have a small sample collection available online.

I will have everything from postcards…..
…to my very own collection of “Lady-Chiefs” , basically your go-to piece, which can be used as a neck-tie, hair-tie, wrist-tie….and of course as a shirt pocket decoration or dare I say it, as its normal use….a hankie!

Will report back in July should I survive……….

Ailish Henderson

Editor in Chief at Mr X Stitch
As a freelance artist, designer, lecturer and tutor (how do I narrow down that description?!)I have been contracted by numerous arts organizations to provide Talks, Workshops’ and Masterclasses’ in Textiles, Print Making and Fine Art subjects.  These include branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild, Textile Study Groups and The Women’s Institute.  Every year I teach at The Knitting and Stitching shows and exhibit with the Artist in Action stand.Currently I am building up to my exhibition at The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London this spring; having also written articles or had work illustrated in Stitch, Inspired, Embroidery, Selvedge, Daphne’s Diary, Prima (online), Cloth Paper Scissors and the Batsford book ‘Be Creative with Textile Art.'

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