Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Inspiration - Stuff you should look at.

So between my ramblings and pleas to buy my work, I often post stuff about things I've seen that may be of interest to fellow stitch orientated creatives.

Rosie Rogers

Rosie has taken a piece by Malarky which she saw in east London and has made this amazing cross stitch piece. As Malarky's work is quite vibrant, bold and simplistic it was destined to be used for craft purposes. If you check out his blog you'll also see some of his work turned into felt characters. Also (if it's still there) there is an amazing piece by Marlarky/RichT and RPM at the bottom of Stokes Croft. Purple skulls, owls and cats? Yes please.

I'd definitely be up for doing something like this. Any takers?

Briar Mark

Possibly the don of handmade typography. Check out her portfolio here and this crazy video.

Close up of the text from the video above.

Photographs from 'Process', a publication made to document her final university project. I love how her work is evidently inspired by digital processes and despite being in a book/confined to the limits of paper it still feels really tactile. Two for you Briar Mark, you go Briar Mark.

Theo Humphries

'Crapestry, putting the crap in tapestry since 2006'.  HOW HAVE I NOT SEEN THIS SOONER? It was pretty hard to chose my favourite from the fine selection of crapestries by Theo Humphries but I think the smoking kitten is up there.

So this is the original from Vervaco.

and this is the glorious 'Kitten' from the 'Smoking Animals' collection, which you can find here.

I was thinking of ways to summarise Theo's but he articulates it perfectly. I have taken this text from his website (

"Contemporary commercial tapestries might be argued to be the exemplification of superficial chintz; spectacularly vapid, vividly dull, unquestioningly conformist, gaudily bourgeois, and at the same time unyieldingly time-consuming. The subject matter is often romanticised, uncritical, and both exploits and reinforces established stereotypes. The outcome? Standardised ‘precious things’ cherished by the softly smiling, callous fingered Grandma’s of the world – harmless old dears who quietly revel in the creation of ‘cheeky terrier’ and ‘dewy chrysanthemum’ cushions, or ‘God bless this house’ picture frames. No mention of mortality, no depiction of suffering, nothing surprising, nothing funny. Crapestries capitalise on cross-stitch orthodoxies, exploiting their established themes. Some crapestries are funny, some are sad, and some may cause offence; but that’s fine."

So that is your fill for now. Go be inspired.

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