I am inspired by the history of embroidery and stereotypes surrounding hand-stitch. My practice is often based on an element of historical research and I enjoy adding to collected materials which have a previous life.
Most recently, my focus has been the development of ‘Stitch Graffiti’ - a collection of found hand embroideries to which I have subtly added quirky or alternative interventions; breathing new life into old pieces by bringing them into the 21st century whilst appreciating the time, care and techniques that originally went into making them.
Each piece is ‘signed’ with a cross-stitched monogram, or graffiti-artist’s ‘tag’ – a nod to the tradition of linen marking. This is another way of adding my personal stamp.
- Eleanor Edwardes