Onome Otite – Meet the Artist

A little textile inspiration from my YouTube ‘Meet the Artist’ Collection. Today it features the work of textile artist Onome Otite.

Onome is a London-based Artist. Borrowing elements from dance, fashion & world cultures her hand drawn figures are decorated with textiles & recycled materials that have been manipulated by hand to produce three-dimensional collage artworks. In this video Onome shares the stories behind her artwork – each piece inspired by Cirque de Soleil and her love of Nigerian batik cloth. 

Catch up with Maria and her stunning artwork at Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace 2021.

Onome’s Artwork: https://www.onomeotite.com/

Fabric Collage figurative artwork by Onome Otite
Fabric Collage figurative artwork by Onome Otite
Fabric Collage figurative artwork
Fabric collage artwork

Onome is available for Workshops & Talks.

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Giant Cauliflower Harvest

Giant Cauliflower Harvest, is my latest piece of needlework created as a companion piece for the upcoming Fifty Bees 5 exhibition curated by Textile Artist Lydia Needle.

The exhibition concept is that Lydia hand stitches 50 British bees and each invited artist creates a companion piece for just one of the bees.

My little bee is the Long-Fringed Mini Mining Bee (Andrena niveata).

This little Mining bee is a solitary fellow foraging amongst crucifer-rich habitats along cliff tops and heathlands, excavating burrows as its home. As agriculture & erosion have slowly changed this beautiful landscape the bee numbers have declined and it has been listed as rare since 1987.
In 2008 it found a new home when it was spotted on an allotment, foraging amongst a vegetable patch full of crucifer vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower and sprouts.
This reminds me of some of my fondest memories including Dad’s allotment and the year he produced a bumper crop we named ‘The Giant Cauliflower Harvest’!

Size 21 x 21cm. Vintage Sylko thread, cotton cloth.

The exhibition is open at ACE Arts in Somerton, Somerset from the 8th April – 14th May 2022.

Giant Cauliflower Harvest - embroidered word, red thread about my father and his allotment
Giant Cauliflower Harvest

This piece forms part of a body of work about my Lancashire roots.

In and Out of Lockdown

I’m pleased to announce that ‘Fragments‘ is part of ‘In and Out of Lockdown’ – the Embroiderers’ Guild Members’ Challenge 2022.

In and Out of Lockdown
Fragments – Part of ‘In and Out of Lockdown’

Hand stitched cotton cloth, eco-dyed and marked with leaves from my Lockdown garden.

Fragments - Part of 'In and Out of Lockdown'
Quarter inch hexagons

This is the fourth Guild Challenge I’ve taken part in – previous entries include ‘Matchbox Challenge‘, ‘Take Time to smell the Roses‘ and ‘Sound of the Kenwood Chef‘.

The Embroiderers’ Guild Challenge 2022 artworks will be on display at The Knitting and Stitching Show in 2022.