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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