EMBROIDERY PROJECTS

‘CONVERTED CLOSET’ HERMES SCARF CONVERSION PROJECT

I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO COLLABORATE WITH ‘CONVERTED CLOSET’ ON THIS VINTAGE HERMES SCARF CONVERSION, TRANSFORMING THE ICONIC HERMES ‘H’S’ WITH BESPOKE HAND EMBROIDERY TECHNIQUES, THE SCARF WAS RENEWED AND RESTORED. https://www.convertedcloset.com/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CGYGOC6gGgC/


LITTLE HAND EMBROIDERED SQUIRREL


CROSS STITCH CUSHION

I FOUND THIS BEAUTIFUL CUSHION IN AN ANTIQUE SHOP IN FALMOUTH. THE CROSS STITCH WAS INCOMPLETE AND SOME OF THE AREAS THAT HAD BEEN DONE WERE DELICATE AND UNRAVELLING. I HAVE SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF TIME REPAIRING AND COMPLETING THE STITCH WORK AND HAVE ADDED THE DATE AND INITIALS TO THE CENTER LIKE AN OLD VICTORIAN SAMPLER. I LOVE THE IDEA THAT THIS WAS A JOINT PROJECT WITH THE UNKNOWN STITCHER THAT CAME BEFORE ME.

FRAMED HAND EMBROIDERY – MINI COLOUR STUDIES (AVAILABLE THROUGH SHOP)

MINIATURE HAND EMBROIDERED VEGETABLES (AVAILABLE THROUGH SHOP)

LATEST MINIATURE EMBROIDERED LAVENDER DOLLS (AVAILABLE THROUGH SHOP)

EACH UNIQUE HAND EMBROIDERED CHARACTER IS LOVINGLY STUFFED WITH ORGANICALLY GROWN LAVENDER, HANDPICKED IN CORNWALL.

‘POLISH CAKE’ APRON

‘POLISH CAKE’ IS A RECIPE FROM MY MOTHER’S OLD SCHOOL COOKERY BOOK – WHICH HAS BEEN SO WELL LOVED THAT IT IS GRADUALLY FALLING APART… ON THIS BEAUTIFUL YELLOW APRON, WHICH WAS GIFTED TO ME LAST SUMMER AT AN ANTIQUE MARKET IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE (BY A KIND LADY WHO HAD CLEARLY BEEN WATCHING ME DELIBERATE OVER WHAT TO SPEND MY LAST FIVE EUROS ON!) I HAVE PRESERVED OUR FAMILY’S FAVOURITE RECIPE IN STITCH.

HAND EMBROIDERED ‘SUMMER GIRL’ NAPKIN COMMISSION

HAND EMBROIDERED NAPKIN INSPIRED BY HAIM’S ‘SUMMER GIRL’ LYRICS. BASE FABRIC SUSTAINABLY DYED USING NATURAL AVOCADO PITS.

JOANNA NEWSOM INSPIRED HANDKERCHIEF (HANDKERCHIEF EMBROIDERY AVAILABLE BY REQUEST)

HAND STITCHED LYRICS FROM ONE OF MY FAVOURITE JOANNA NEWSOM SONGS: ‘DOES NOT SUFFICE’. EMBROIDERED IN CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2020.

PERSONALISED HAND EMBROIDERED NAPKINS

MINIATURE HAND EMBROIDERED PET PORTRAITS (AVAILABLE BY REQUEST)

LITTLE HAND STITCHED MOOMIN (AVAILABLE BY REQUEST)

HAND MONOGRAMMED EYE MASKS COMMISSION FOR EMILIA WICKSTEAD & MATCHES FASHION EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION

‘DAY OF THE WEEK PANTS’ (AVAILABLE THROUGH SHOP)

A FRAMED EMBROIDERY PIECE WITH A DIFFERENT PAIR OF MINIATURE HAND STITCHED PANTS FOR EACH DAY OF THE WEEK.

OLD BEAR RESTORATION PROJECT

HAND MONOGRAMMED AND CAREFULLY MENDED WITH STITCH, THIS MUCH LOVED BEAR WILL NOW BE RE-GIFTED FROM FATHER TO SON AS A SPECIAL CHRISTENING PRESENT.

960 BREATHS (AVAILABLE THROUGH SHOP)

A HAND STITCHED TALLY ON SHEER DOTTED FABRIC DEPICTING HOW MANY BREATHS WE TAKE ON AVERAGE PER HOUR. BASED ON RESEARCH AND MY OWN CALCULATIONS.

‘VALENTINE’ BY CAROL ANN DUFFY – HAND EMBROIDERED VINTAGE SLEEVE (AVAILABLE THROUGH SHOP)


AN EARLY NIGHT… (AVAILABLE THROUGH SHOP)

A FRAMED EMBROIDERY PIECE ILLUSTRATING THE INGREDIENTS REQUIRED FOR AN EARLY NIGHT. THE COTTON BASE FABRIC IS NATURALLY DYED, HAND EMBROIDERED AND NEEDLE FELTED.

DAY OF THE WEEK SHIRTS (AVAILABLE THROUGH SHOP)

TRACE

INSPIRED BY A COLLECTION OF PERSONAL LETTERS FROM MY OWN CORRESPONDENCE, I EXPLORE A SENSE OF SELF AND SENSE OF PLACE THROUGH THE CONCEPT OF LEAVING A TRACE OR IMPRINT OVER TIME. LETTERS WERE AN APT METAPHOR FOR THIS IDEA, BEING A RECORD IN THEMSELVES AND PRESERVING MEMORIES IN A TANGIBLE FORM.

DRAWING ON THEMES OF NOSTALGIA, SENTIMENTALITY AND ATTACHMENT, I ELEVATE ROUTINE, FOCUSING ON IDEAS OF MATERIALITY THROUGH A WORLD OF IMMERSIVE AND ENGAGING MINIATURE TEXTILE ARTEFACTS.

(HAND EMBROIDERED ENVELOPES AVAILABLE THROUGH SHOP)

ARTIFACT ATARACTIC

A PROJECT INSPIRED BY MY OWN POEMS ABOUT A STRUGGLE TO SLEEP, ATARACTIC MEANING ‘A STATE OF FREEDOM FROM EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCE OR ANXIETY’.

THE 3D ANIMALS FEATURE THE CHARACTERS FROM MY STORIES AND ARE LOVINGLY HAND EMBROIDERED, FELTED AND STUFFED WITH COTTON AND LAVENDER. THE POEM BOOKS ARE DIGITALLY STITCHED AND HAND-BOUND USING A JAPANESE BOOK BINDING STITCH.

(MOON GARLAND & LAVENDER ANIMALS AVAILABLE THROUGH SHOP)


ARCHIVE

INSPIRED BY FALMOUTH UNIVERSITY’S ‘PATRICK GALE’ ARCHIVE AND BY ONE LETTER IN PARTICULAR – THE LETTER WAS A CORRESPONDENCE WITH BARBARA HEPWORTH, UNVEILING SOME EMOTIONAL AND PERSONAL SENTIMENTS. I WORKED AT ILLUSTRATING PARTS OF THE LETTERS, CULMINATING IN A HAND EMBROIDERED ‘ARCHIVE CUSHION’ REPLICA, LINKING BACK TO THE EXPERIENCE OF THE ARCHIVE ITSELF.

SEA CREATURE DRESS

VINTAGE SILK DRESS HAND EMBROIDERED WITH SEA CREATURES AND FRAGMENTS OF MY OWN POEMS.


SAVE THE BEES

EXPLORING THE IMPORTANCE OF WILD FLOWERS AND THE SERIOUS THREAT OF EXTINCTION TO BEES.


EDS PROJECT

EXPLORING A RARE ILLNESS CALLED EHLERS-DANLOS SYNDROME, I WANTED TO CREATE AWARENESS OF SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS SUFFERERS EXPERIENCE. I USED DISSOLVABLE FABRIC TO CREATE SUSPENDED JOINT DISLOCATIONS AND FREE MACHINE EMBROIDERY TO STITCH OUT PAGES OF TEXT SUCH AS LISTS OF AILMENTS.