The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Liz Kueneke

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Liz Kueneke is an artist who works with communities to help them understand their neighborhood through participatory embroidery. She recently became involved in a project in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Several people worked on this embroidered map, adding their own details and information to flesh it out, and this was the final result:

Fabric Map of Bushwick by Capital B

She has also worked with other communities in Los Angeles:

Liz Kueneke Los Angeles embroidered social history map


Liz Kueneke Bangalore embroidered social history map

And Manhattan:

Liz Kueneke Manhattan embroidered social history map

This is a fantastic idea, as the participants add value to the embroidered maps with their own experiences. It provides a social history to the area that you wouldn’t get from municipal maps.

Liz Kueneke Manhattan embroidered social history map

For more information on the Buskwick project, you can visit her Flickr photostream, or visit her gallery for pictures of the other communities she has worked with. Superb stuff.

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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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