The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Benjamin Shine

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Benjamin Shine is an remarkably talented artist.

Benjamin Shine Hepburn Portrait

He has an impressive range of products in his repertoire, but we’ll take a moment to examine his portrait series. The pieces are generally 4ft wide by 5ft high, and Benjamin deploys some interesting methods to achieve the effect of line drawn portraiture.

Benjamin Shine Hepburn Portrait Detail

These two shots of his Audrey Hepburn portrait give a great example of the technique – using powder eyelets screwed into the surface, which are then threaded with various colours and textiles. In this acrylic netting was used to create the iconic image of Audrey.

Benjamin Shine Edmund Hilary Portrait

The planning that must go into these pieces is mindblowing. This portrait of Sir Edmund Hilary (nylon fabric on anodysed aluminium) was presented to the New Zealand High Commission to celebrate one of their nation’s favourite sons.

Benjamin Shine Obama Portrait

His portrait of President Obama took the American flag and turned it into an image that received great media attention. And then there is the portrait of Rembrandt, created from a single length of tuile fabric, pressed between plexiglass. This portrait is one of the most astonishing things I’ve ever seen.

Benjamin Shine Rembrandt TuileBenjamin’s star is on the ascendant and quite rightly so. He is a great talent and I am excited to see what he comes up with next. You can find out more about him and the other amazing things he does on his website.

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Jamie Chalmers, aka Mr X Stitch, aka the Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery is the founder of the Mr X Stitch site, the world's longest running embroidery blog, the curator of PUSH Stitchery and the author of the Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch. He is also the founder of XStitch, the game-changing cross stitch design magazine which launched in Summer 2017.

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