Hello, Mr X Stitch here. I thought I’d tell you about my recent adventures. Last week I told you about Stitched Science – this week it’s adventures at the Southbank Centre!
The Tracey Emin exhibition “Love Is What You Want” runs over the summer at the Hayward Gallery. On the last Thursday of each month the gallery is holding a workshop where visitors to the exhibition are invited to express their responses to the show in creative ways. For the first workshop I was asked to facilitate things and I came up with the idea of Outbursts.
I brought three lace tablecloths and invited anyone who came along to stitch phrases and expressions into the cloths to produce a communal commentary. I also had a few simple cross stitch options available as well. The Dan Graham Waterloo Sunset Pavilion is a groovy glass walled room with a nifty view (of a huge straw fox at the moment) however on a hot Thursday evening as cool as it was, it was a little bit like an oven in there. However as the sun went over the horizon, a few people came along and got their stitch on.
There was a nice relaxed atmosphere and some real creativity in the responses. With events like this you never know quite how it’s going to turn out, but we had just the right number of people who enjoyed stitching and chatting on a summer’s evening down by the river.
I like the Southbank Centre, there’s always lots of stuff happening round there. I’d been at the Centre a couple of weeks before helping out the Craftivist Collective with their Don’t Blow It Campaign. The Collective are such a great bunch of people and they get have run some great campaigns using crafts to tackle issues in creative and inspiring ways. I went along and stitched a message for my MP which is winging its way to him at the moment.
The next day this was made, which was nice:
Find out more about the Craftivist Collective and get involved. Many of their campaigns are open-ended, so if you wanted to stitch a train carriage with a message on it, it’s simple!
There are still more adventures to talk about, however for this week’s episode I will finish with the final issue of FiberArts magazine (such a shame!) which features an article about portraiture and textiles, considering the work of Penny Nickels, Luke Haynes, Cayce Zavaglia and Alicia Ross. It’s written by some wiseacre called Mr X Stitch, but it’s a great issue and if you don’t have it already, go and get it!
The Excellent Exploits of Mr X Stitch is brought to you in association with my new book!