The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Liza Smirnova

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Liza Smirnova is a mixed media artist from Moscow.

Liza Smirnova hand embroidery

I graduated in Moscow College of Theatre and Arts. First I was only drawing (pencil, paper and such) but then I tried working with textile and enjoyed it much. At this moment most of my works are embroidery.
Liza Smirnova hand embroidery
“I am embroidering jackets, sweaters, mittens and any other garments. Me and my friend designer Anastasia Klimova have made a collection of clothing. It was decorated with anatomical embroidery and consists of 8 different items. I am planning to progress in this direction hereafter.”
Liza Smirnova hand embroidery
I really enjoy Liza’s work. There’s a simple illustrative style to her stitching that has the post-impressionist feel to it. The content of some of the portrait pieces blends traditional and contemporary with charm and good humour.
Liza Smirnova hand embroidery
The anatomical pieces play with the inside and outside of our bodies, with vibrancy and hints of darkness.
Liza Smirnova hand embroidery
It’s nice to see the creative embellishment of clothing and I’m curious to watch Liza’s work evolve. If you share that curiousity, check out her Flickr feed or follow her on Tumblr.


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.

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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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