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.… Editorial #10: Subversive Stitching
Tussar, Chanderi, Kanjeevaram, Bandini, Patola – these are names I would often hear around me while growing up in India, and I remember vividly the accompanied excitement that these words would conjure, and the all-consuming beauty and vibrancy that would follow.… Practice-based: Aninda Varma
North London based artist and activist Rachelle Romeo’s work caught our eye with her powerful and poetic use of embroidery.
Amy E. Elkins reviews handiwork by Sara Baume… Book Review: handiwork’s Crafting of the New Global Elegy
Janie Terrero’s decision to declare her identity at the centre of her work is a gesture of defiance towards the Prison’s attempt to anonymise inmates in an effort to prevent solidarity from forming.… Stitching Solidarity: Janie Terrero and the Political Power of the Needle
Explore Sibande’s alter-ego, the domestic servant Sophie Ntombikayise, who emanates and is entangled by sprawling, supernatural roots of purple fabric…… ‘Always in the Middle’: Unpicking the Fabric of Domesticity with Mary Sibande
After stumbling on an exhibition in Madrid, Roberta Quance discovers the affective resonance of crochet and the legacies of lacemaking…… In the (Spider’s) Web (on Berta López)
How the mysterious and enigmatic artist Madge Gill (1882-1961) defied all expectations of being a working class woman in the early 20th century.… Madge Gill: Creativity with No Boundaries