Andoni Maillard is a mixed media artist from Rennes, France.
“The work of Andoni Maillard is deeply rooted in the consciousness of a generation. It creates links between his childish sensitive heritage and historical events that influenced his contemporaries. The bridge between these figures sanctifies them by giving them a new dimension.”
I reeeeally like Andoni’s work, and not just because of the foxy ladies. He takes safe content and makes it edgy, and takes edgy content and makes it safe. It’s just what I like.
A man after my own heart, I think his approach to needlecraft is the perfect tonic for those people who still hang onto the old paradigms. It exemplifies the spirit of the new embroidery movement and is generally kick ass.
With a range of surfaces explored in stitch and a definite cool approach to the subject, Andoni’s work can, and should, be used as a tool for convincing young people* to try embroidery so that they can connect with the power of making and learn how it heals the soul.
Visit Andoni’s website to see what other media he is rocking — there’s quite a lot!
* Maybe not all the content for the really young ones, hey.
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.