Summer 76 is my latest hand embroidery created about my childhood memories.
Who remembers the summer of 1976?
When I first started designing the piece my intentions were to share a vivid childhood memory from the hottest summer of the ‘70’s. By the time I was stitching it, I saw the work in a different way.
Looking back on it now the signs of Global Warming were there for all to see.
I was 7 years old at the time. To me it was a summer of sun, fun and standpipes. I was oblivious to the water crisis growing all around me resulting in the Drought Act on 6th August 1976 – creating emergency powers to reduce or turn off domestic and industrial water supplies.
Size 21 x 21cm. Hand embroidered, hand stitched. Vintage Sylko thread, cotton cloth.
In Stitch Magazine Issue 134, on page 44, you’ll discover a brilliant article by editor Kat McDonnell featuring the winning artworks in the Embroiderers’ Guild Members’ Challenge 2021 – ‘Exquisite Containers’.
Here’s a sneak peek inside.
Let the new issue of Stitch brighten your days with beautiful embroidery. Enjoy all sorts of different takes and exciting makes to kick-start your stitching mojo over the winter months. Get your copy here: bit.ly/stitchissues
When this embroidery was completed in early 2021, Lockdown was in place, and the Guild had put any thoughts of exhibiting the artworks on the back burner. Since then, the collection of ‘Exquisite Container’ artworks has been on public display at the London and Harrogate, Knitting and Stitching Shows.
I’m pleased to announce that Resilience will be exhibiting in the One Red Thread 2021 Exhibition in Australia. The exhibition takes place at Jervis Bay Maritime Museum & Gallery in New South Wales, 4th December 2021 – 13th February 2022.
The piece shows a Lancastrian weaving shuttle in a Cotton Weavers hand.
Size 24 x 24 cm. Central panel 21 x 21 cm, hand embroidered and hand stitched with vintage Sylko thread. Hand and Shuttle: Eco-leaf printed vintage Lancashire cotton cloth. Vintage Sylko thread. Outer border: Linen, surface designed with bleach and discharge paste. Vintage Sylko thread. Designed and hand stitched in three weeks.
Elizabeth Dubbelde of Berry Quilting set the challenge for embroiderers and textile artists to create a work under the theme EmpoweRED. ‘What can I do to make a stand about injustices, to raise my voice in protest? Hence “Empowered” gives us an opportunity through art textiles to raise our voices to show solidarity & support to victims of sexual assault. I urge you to raise your voice by creating a piece of work that relates to the theme of Empowered.’ Elizabeth Dubbeld, One Red Thread 2021.