Jane Sanders, aka Stitchin In The Kitchen, is a textile artist from Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
“I depict iconic music stars, ranging from Billie Holliday to Rag n Bone Man. I create the pictures on a basic 1960’s Singer Sewing machine, in my kitchen, surrounded by clutter, kids and a greyhound.
“I love pop music culture as everyone can relate to it and I get inspired by people’s hero worship of their idols. But I like to twist the image a bit by adding relevant mixed media, showing familiar faces in a different light. My background is in painting, but now I feel I paint with my Sewing machine.”
I love the way Jane captures the personalities of familiar pop icons using applique and mixed media. Her portraits are visually arresting and it appears that she can work her machine embroidered magic with pretty much anyone. She’s clearly a talented illustrator who makes great use of the textile format to bring her creations to life and each new character is packed with personality and charm.
From the world’s biggest pop stars to stars from the past, Jane creates them in this mixed media format, incorporating applique, beads, paint and embroidery, while charting her creative journey on her Instagram for us to enjoy. It’s great to see the process by which these amazing portraits to into being.
Jane has two forthcoming exhibitions – the first runs from 17th November to 22nd December at Arts Centre Washington; the second is in April 2018 at People’s Theatre in Newcastle. Jane’s profilic process means you’ll be guaranteed to see new work at both of them and they’re bound to put smiles on your faces. Unless you’re this guy…
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.
Click on the image to buy your copy from our Amazon store!
The Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery. Committed to changing the way the world thinks about needlecraft.