The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Kirsty Whitlock

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Kirsty Whitlock is a textile artist from Leicester.

She is “inspired by political cartoons and the way they amuse, inform and educate a social message. She uses recycled and reclaimed materials to challenge Britain’s ‘throwaway culture’, also taking inspiration from news headlines and documentaries. Her work is concept led responding to the surface qualities of printed material as well as the subject matter.

Machine embroidery is used to explore imagery, text and current affairs. Embroidery has the power to transform, it enables the meaning of the material to be manipulated and challenged.

Using recognisable signs and symbols, Kirsty incorporates humour and the overlooked qualities of the materials to produce a collection of conceptual pieces and installations, using the medium to reflect on consumerism and current affairs.

I really like these pieces. In these times of corporate culture, where we start to feel the true effects of profits above all else, these pieces do a nice job of critiquing those very familiar institutions that have  played their part.

Kirsty’s work has attitude; a swagger that I like. I look forward to see what she’s going to produce next.

You can see more of her work at her website or, until 18th November, see her work for real at the University of Derby as part of the UK Young Artists’ exhibition.


The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge is brought to you in association with Embroidery As Art, the inspirational stitched art blog from the legendary Jenny Hart.

Mr X

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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