A Creative Conversation: Stéphanie Ruth & Anna Perach

Drawing on personal experience and folkloric myths, Anna Perach uses a traditional craft technique called tufting to create wearable sculptures that come to life during performance in front of a live audience. Anna’s work serves as a mystical antidoteto a hyper-rational technocratic reality that has failed humanity systematically since years. Stéphanie Ruth spoke to Anna to find out why […]

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Crafting Resistance and Resilience

My roots lie in the land of five rivers, Punjab, now torn apart by imagined boundaries. My grandparents and their grandparents made their home in the western part of Punjab, now in Pakistan, and crossed over to India when the Radcliffe Line tore through their land. One of the only things my maternal grandmother carried […]

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Sanity in the Seams

Sanity in the Seams: The Power of Sewing to Reaffirm a Sense of Self During Tumultuous Times, as Told Through the Needle of Nineteenth Century Seamstress, Agnes Richter. When confined to our homes, our minds begin to wonder and our hands twitch. The walls surrounding us, though providing sanctuary from the insidious threat outside, become […]

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Mother Material: Handle with care

If you visited the White Lab Gallery in Madrid in 2019, you would find an enormous sculptural installation sprawling down the staircase of the gallery’s multi-storey building. With its pink tentacles wrapping around the staircase’s railings and settling into soft curls on the ground, it seemed as if the gallery had been invaded by some […]

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Editorial #10: Subversive Stitching

When Rozsika Parker wrote The Subversive Stitch (1984) she brought to the fore a powerful exploration of the cultural and socio-economic values of embroidery, which revealed the deep-rooted gender politics that led to the devaluation of ‘feminine’-coded arts. Parker’s groundbreaking study continues to inspire and inform new critiques of embroidery and needlework’s powerful yet ambivalent […]

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An interview with Rachelle Romeo

North London based artist and activist Rachelle Romeo’s work caught our eye with its powerful and poetic use of embroidery. Romeo’s stitched stories of trauma, belonging, and becoming are literally mapped onto the landscapes of London and the UK – striking visual reminders of the brutal colonial legacies and ongoing trauma of the Windrush scandal […]

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Spotlight: Protest Banner Lending Library

Aram Han Sifuentes‘s practice intersects sewing, social practice and subversion… In 2016, she began a powerful project titled ‘Protest Banner Lending Library’, which advocates for the importance of protest banners in public spaces. The workshops gave the chance for people to make their own banners in a supportive communal space whilst the library meant anyone […]

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‘Always in the Middle’: Unpicking the Fabric of Domesticity with Mary Sibande

I have recently encountered Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s concept of the ‘rhizome’’, says Mary Sibande. ‘They say a rhizome has neither a beginning nor and end, but always a middle.’ The South African artist was referring specifically to her series of sculpture and textile works, The Purple Shall Govern (2013). The striking figure at […]

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Spotlight: Guernica Remakings

Pablo Picasso’s Guernica (1937) is one of the most famous pieces of political art. Created in response to the bombing of Guernica, a Basque Country town in Picasso’s native Spain, by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, the work combines the artist’s Cubist style with the traditions of political and religious banners. Guernica drew international attention […]

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