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Contemporary Stitch

Contemporary Stitch


Contemporary Stitch is a celebration of the work and worlds of 10 incredible embroidery artists.

You’ll share in their stories, discover what makes them tick and take a glimpse into their processes. You’ll also feast on an array of beautiful images of their work.

We couldn’t compile a book on Contemporary Stitch without including the woman who started it all; the first chapter is dedicated to mum, Sue Stone. Alongside her you’ll find fellow 62 Group members Tilleke Schwarz, who uses stitch to create ‘visual poetry’, and Alice Kettle, who creates painterly pieces of work using machine embroidery.

You’ll also be invited into the worlds of USA-based fiber artist Nike Schroeder and image-hijacker Inge Jacobsen. And you’ll take a glimpse into the processes of Debbie Smyth, who has become renowned for her thread drawings, Emily Jo Gibbs, who creates both portraiture and textile sculpture, and Stewart Kelly, who takes his inspiration from the human form. Finally, you’ll discover what lies behind the work of needle and thread sketcher Elisabeth Rutt and mixed media artist Kirsty Whitlock.

There are two defining factors that unify all of the work featured in Contemporary Stitch; it is made using embroidery as its basis, and it represents the best that modern Textile Art has to offer.

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