The word embroidery comes with baggage; more often than not, it evokes images of little old ladies using a needle and thread to sew flowers into doilies. But over the last few years, a new generation of textile and mixed media artists of all ages, have been using both machine and hand stitch to challenge these preconceptions; they often use traditional techniques but apply them in combination with more contemporary mediums or methods to create artwork that is original and refreshing. Today we take a look at the work of some artists such as Debbie Smyth and Sarah Walton.
Textile artist Debbie Smyth is best known for her stitched illustrations. By plotting pins with acute accuracy and then stretching thread between them, she creates work that is beautiful and somewhat disconcerting; the boundaries of textile art, fine art sketches, embroidery, and illustration are well and truly blurred
Sarah Walton makes embroidered illustrations using machine stitch. She describes her work as threaded drawings. Colourful pieces of patterned fabric are used as accents in otherwise simple and minimalistic images that depict every-day characters contemporary embroidery artists.