The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Amy Fredman

Amy Fredman - The Frogs - Machine Embroidery

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Amy Fredman is a textile artist from Kansas City, US.

Amy Fredman - The Frogs - Machine Embroidery

“I practice a form of thread painting using a non-computerized home sewing machine. My intention is to approach the use of stitch placement from the perspective of a painter. With the careful distribution of sewn color gradients and layers, I am able to express depth and what appears to be color “mixing” as well as achieving texture through directional changes and stitch strokes. I emphasize that I do not use a computerized sewing machine because my goal is to create something a computer, or programmable machine, is not capable of.”

Amy Fredman - Anna - Machine Embroidery

I love to see sewing machines being freed for work like this. Over on Gear Threads we’ve featured plenty of machine embroidered art, but I decided to keep Amy for myself. Her portraiture isn’t a million miles away from Cayce Zavaglia, however the technique behind it has great merit.

Amy Fredman - Taco Cat - Machine Embroidery

Amy makes this work look effortless, as though it was a simple process to build the layers of colour and depth. I really enjoy her choice of content as well, as the fresh approach is a great tool for removing those all-to-familiar intellectual barriers.

Amy Fredman - Rita - Machine Embroidery

It’s great stuff and I’m grateful to Amy for reaching out and sharing her work. Find out more about Amy at her website.

See Also
Finished Harvest Heroes Patches by Erich Campbell

 

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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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