The Cutting & Stitching Edge – Frances Goodman


Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Frances Goodman is a South African artist who exhibits work exploring the mundane, the ordinary, the trivial and the dark places that they obscure.

Frances Goodman - I Love Jason - Hand Embroidery
Frances Goodman – I Love Jason – Hand Embroidery

His 2007 collection is called Toilet Graffiti Embroideries.

Frances Goodman - How Can A Young Offender - Hand Embroidery
Frances Goodman – How Can A Young Offender – Hand Embroidery

From his site: “These toilet philosophies, boasts, confessions and rants are reworked into seemingly precious objects, which are at odds with the sometimes lewd and throwaway content. The labour and intensity of hand-embroidering these anonymous, dirty ‘nothings’, reveal a voyeuristic fascination with other people’s sordid fantasies and inner monologues.

I think these are cool.

Frances Goodman - I Am A Bad Ass - Hand Embroidery
Frances Goodman – I Am A Bad Ass – Hand Embroidery

Toilet graffiti always teeters on the border of darkness, and some of Frances’ other pieces reflect that darkness much more than the ones shown here. This is a terrific idea; the work is high quality and the length of time each piece must have taken suggests a certain voyeurism – to spend hours stitching some else’s private confessions is not the remit of the clean and pure.

Frances Goodman - I'm So Fuck'd - Hand Embroidery

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