The Cutting & Stitching Edge – Frances Goodman

Frances Goodman - How Can A Young Offender - Hand Embroidery

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
I Love Jason (2007)

Her 2007 collection is called Toilet Graffiti Embroideries and is a series of embroidered hoops that recreate the “folk art” that can be found in the kind of toilets and washrooms that you might not want to hang about in.

Frances Goodman - How Can A Young Offender - Hand Embroidery
How Can A Young Offender (2007)

From her 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
I Am A Bad Ass (2007)

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 (2007)
I’m So Fuck’d (2007)

Find out more about Frances Goodman at her website and follow her on Instagram.

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