Jo Beattie creates shadows to represent a fragment of precious memory held within a loved childhood toy. Each piece starts with a hand draw image which is then machine stitched in black thread. A recent piece of Jo’s work was purchased by the National Collection of Contemporary Textiles.
‘The strengths and uniqueness of British contemporary embroidery is due to the fact that it is founded on drawing.‘ Diana Springall.
I hope this finds you all well and in good spirits.
As you may already know, in light of the recent global
events, all textile events and exhibitions in the UK have been postponed at
least until the Autumn. As these were the main way I met and chatted to
the artists which I include in my videos this means I will be making
some changes to my uploads for the next few months.
Fortunately, I have a selection of videos waiting for
editing for my ‘Meet The Artist’ series which I will upload once they are
ready. I am working on ways to capture virtual interviews with some
artists which I hope to bring to you as the year progresses.
I have plans for a number of free tutorials and projects to
help us stay creative and maybe learn a new skill or two. I am also
excited to be in the final stages of a number of kits based on my own
designs which I will be releasing on my newly designed website very soon.
Make sure you register for the mailing list so you’ll be one of the first to
Your continued support is greatly appreciated particularly
in these challenging times for all of us and don’t forget to take a stroll
through the playlists on my Channel and rediscover some favourites or maybe
something you missed first time. The Channel and Website (old design for
now) links are below – please feel free to share with friends and grow our
What do a sewing machine and a pedal bike have in common? The answer is Harriet Riddell from In Stitch You
Join me for a day of stitch drawing with Free Style ‘Pedal Powered’ Stitcher, Harriet. Watch and be amazed as she ‘draws with the needle’ on her sewing machine. Harriet travels the world with her sewing machine & bicycle to create observational embroideries, documenting life in stitch.
You can see some of Harriet’s Free Style Stitchery in a previous post from Art in Action 2014.