The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Robert Forman

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Robert Forman is a thread painter from New Jersey, USA.

Robert has an unusual approach to using thread, glueing it to clayboard to create amazing multi-coloured pieces of work.

It’s fascinating to see how Robert’s technique has developed in the 30 years he’s been painting with threads. His early work explored the initial boundaries of what could be gone with thread and glue.

Clearly this was not challenging enough, and Robert’s later work blends images and creates amazing optical cocktails that are quite amazing.

These pieces of work are quite remarkable, and my mind boggles at the technical prowess required to create them.

They are extremely clever works, and I hope to see them for real one day, so that I can spend time studying them and understanding them. Robert has taken something that we’ve all tried at some point in our childhood, and elevated it beyond all recognition.

You can find out more about Robert’s amazing technique, including much more work and sketches, on his website. I, for one, am excited to see what he comes up with next.


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.