The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Rachel Harmeyer

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Rachel Harmeyer is a mixed media artist from Houston, Texas.

Rachel Harmeyer - Hysteria III - hand embroidered collage

Within my work, I explore ideas of ephemerality and eternality: my work is the means by which I come to terms with the concept of death.

Rachel Harmeyer - Anatomical Heart - hand embroidered collage

“I employ a variety of materials and techniques, but whether sketched, stitched, or painted, my process is rooted in the practice of drawing. Conceptually, I draw from many sources: from the visual tradition of vanitas and memento mori to the spoken history of myths and fairy tales along with many others. More than anything else, I am inspired by the natural world and the endless cycle of birth and decay.”

Rachel Harmeyer - Hysteria I - hand embroidered collage

We’ve featured assorted anatomically inspired artworks over the years, and it’s nice to see how Rachel is approaching the concept. The combination of textiles and paper collage evokes memory and nostalgia, while the hand embroidery itself adds a third dimension, drawing the diagrams into reality. I’m interested to see how this concept evolves.

Rachel Harmeyer - Hysteria II - hand embroidered collage

See more of Rachel’s non stitched work at her website, or visit her etsy store to purchase one of these terrific anatomical tea towels!

Rachel Harmeyer - Anatomical Heart embroidered tea towel


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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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