Hello, Mr X Stitch here. I thought I’d tell you about my recent adventures. It is a tale of highs and lows. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin with a tale of New Art.
In 2010 I applied for an arts bursary from the MK Community Foundation. I was one of eight people shortlisted for the award and it was a great honour when we were invited by the Director of MK Gallery to participate in a group show at the gallery. Entitled New Art MK the show is now on and runs until 18th September.
For my part of the show I decided to build on my four-piece spam stitch series – cross stitches that are inspired by spam emails or spammy comments I’ve received on Mr X Stitch. From the start of 2011 I threw myself into stitching the eight new pieces that I was aiming for, taking stitchery with me everywhere I went.
Bit by bit I developed the collection, tackling each new spammy phrase with gusto and creating the designs on the fly.
Some pieces were easy, some took more effort that I first thought, but I ended up with twelve five inch hoops with polished up bits of electronic fluff in them.
With much care and attention they were installed in the gallery and I picked up some interesting tips about hanging stuff from the gallery guys as well.
As well as my pieces, the show features a terrific range of art from seven great local artists – if you’re in the area you should pop by and have a look. I could spend a lot of time describing them all, but I don’t want to keep you forever. Suffice to say it is an honour to be included in such a talented group, so just go and see it okay?
The opening night of the show on 7th July was terrific, with about 600 people coming to have a look. I’ll be honest, I get slightly intimidated by the art scene and so I was quite shy and didn’t really talk to many people about my work, but I hope they liked it.
I have much much more to tell you about – tune in next week to hear about shenanigans with the Craftivist Collective, the Hayward Gallery and the Science Museum! And that’s before we get to the TV program! See you then! 🙂
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