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BA (Hons) Embroidery

Eleanor Edwardes

I am inspired by the history of embroidery and stereotypes surrounding hand-stitch. My practice is often based on an element of historical research and I enjoy adding to collected materials which have a previous life.

Most recently, my focus has been the development of ‘Stitch Graffiti’ - a collection of found hand embroideries to which I have subtly added quirky or alternative interventions; breathing new life into old pieces by bringing them into the 21st century whilst appreciating the time, care and techniques that originally went into making them.

Each piece is ‘signed’ with a cross-stitched monogram, or graffiti-artist’s ‘tag’ – a nod to the tradition of linen marking. This is another way of adding my personal stamp.

Eleanor Edwardes - Crinoline Lady Re-Constructed Tablecloth

Crinoline Lady Re-Constructed Tablecloth

Eleanor Edwardes - Hiroshima

Hiroshima

Eleanor Edwardes - 'He must have blown it big time!'

'He must have blown it big time!'

Eleanor Edwardes - Sharing

Sharing

Eleanor Edwardes - Katie Price's Handkerchief

Katie Price's Handkerchief

Eleanor Edwardes - Drunken Man

Drunken Man

Eleanor Edwardes - Crinoline Lady Re-Constructed Tablecloth
Eleanor Edwardes - 'He must have blown it big time!'
Eleanor Edwardes - Katie Price's Handkerchief
Eleanor Edwardes - Drunken Man
Eleanor Edwardes - Hiroshima
Eleanor Edwardes - Sharing

Tags: Collected, Embroideries, Found, Graffiti, Hand, Interventions, Stitch, Traditional

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