The Cutting & Stitching Edge – Andrea Dezso

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Andrea Dezso is a phenomenally talented artist from New York. As well as doing illustration, animation and murals, she embroiders. Oh, and she is the Assistant Professor of Media Design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.

From the New York Times: Her “Lessons From My Mother” consists of 48 individually framed cotton squares embroidered with illustrated bits of off-the-wall, scurrilous, sometimes scatological, and often sickening lies and superstitions (among the less offensive: “My Mother Claimed That A Woman’s Legs Are So Strong That No Man Can Spread Them If She Doesn’t Let Him”).

I think these are terrific pieces of work. The style of them is simple, yet effective. The content varies from the sublime to the ridiculous, but it all seems perfectly plausible as the wisdom of a Transylvanian mother.

All in all there are 50 pieces in the series, and I think they’re ace. I’d love to see them collected as I’m sure there’s a lot to learn there. Not least about bowel movements!


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.