Embroidery Magazine

Whether you are a keen embroiderer or simply love fabric and textiles, Embroidery magazine is filled with ideas and features to inspire you.

Each edition is packed with colourful features on contemporary and traditional textiles, and keeps you up to date with news of the latest shows and events taking place around the UK.

Our diary and what's on pages show you what's hot, while our features delve into the vibrant world of textiles, fashion and embroidery - covering everything from craft to catwalk and more!

Our mission is to bring you the best of embroidery and textiles, talking to makers and stitchers who share their passion for embellishing the surface with us – giving our readers a unique insight into all facets of this sumptuous craft. In our bookshop, you'll find the latest books on fashion, embroidery and textiles.

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January/February 2017 issue of Embroidery Magazine

Embroidery Magazine Jan/Feb 2017

In this issue......

Editor, Jo Hall, says:

Jo Hall, Editor. Follow me on Twitter: @johalleditor.

The divergent paths that lead people to the world of creative textiles never fail to amaze. Few take it up expecting it to result in a full blown career or the kind of design opportunities that have come to our cover artist, Adriana Torres (p16). For some of our featured artists, the road to working with stitch was almost a fluke move - some simply wanted to experiment with a new technique or idea, whilst others just hoped to save money. But this spirit of inquisitiveness led them to something greater - to the satisfaction and enjoyment that results from creative curiosity for its own sake. We hope that you enjoy reading about our interviewees' journeys and even might consider making one yourself after reading our piece on creative escapes (p22). But whatever your reason for reading Embroidery we wish you a fulfilling and creative year ahead. Happy New Year!

Jo Hall

Made on Holiday Courses

ON THE COVER: The Weekend Workshop

On this particular occasion a Made on Holiday staycreation in Devon provided a chance to get up-close and personal with the work of Argentine embroiderer and designer Adriana Torres, the creative force behind Miga de Pan. "I work with my dreams or my visions, always trying to create something personal. It's what, I guess, makes my work different". Each of Made on Holiday's weekends has a different focus:Learn indigo and weave with Kate Whitehead in April 2017 or take a spring blossom workshop with Ruth Singer in May. See the website for all the workshops. www.madeonholiday.com

Fibre Power

Diary: Fibre Power - an exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design, New York

The 1960s witnessed the reclassification of thread, rope, string, felt and fabric from craft medium to art world favourite with a number of artists such as Eva Hesse, Sheila Hicks, Magdalena Abakanowicz and Francoise Grossen bringing fibre to the fore during this period. Now Grossen has selected artworks from the Museum of Art and Design permanent collection to exhibit alongside some of her own work.

Lucienne Day Centenary

Embroidery loves..........: The Light of Day - the Lucienne Day Centenary

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the British textile designer Lucienne Day (1917 - 2010). In celebration, the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation has organised a nationwide programme of exhibitions and events due to launch online on 5th January, which would have been her 100th birthday. Lucienne Day was a virtuoso pattern design and colourist who worked with a wide range of media from fabrics and wallpapers to carpets and ceramics, creating a distinctive body of work.

Ready to Dare: Carole Waller

Ready to Dare: Carole Wallers' painted and layered fabrics

In Carole Waller's hands, her one-of-a-kind painted fabrics become timeless individual works of art to be worn, each as unique as the person who dons them. Using multiple overlays, Carole builds up layers of visual information on her fabric surfaces and is alert to the narrative she puts into her work. Clothing is Carole's chosen medium of expression for, although transient, it fulfils many symbolic functions. She states emphatically that her dresses and coats, scarves and shirts can be worn to the supermarket as well as to more glamorous venues. Her exhibition is at her gallery One Two Five, Bath BA1 1NW.

Harriet Popham's designs

Outside Interests: Town meets country in the colourful subject matter of Harriett Popham's illustrative textile designs

Harriett is an illustrative textile designer working with print and embroidery. She studied Surface Pattern Design at Swanseea College of Art, specialising in textiles for interiors. After graduating she started as a freelance designer and put on her first solo exhibition. She says "It's an incredibly exciting time to be a designer-maker. Online platforms are encouraging more and more people to start their own businesses".

Tom of Holland's knittted and embroidered stitches

Profound Acts of Repair: Tom van Deijnen

From his base in Brighton, Tom van Deijnen, otherwise known as Tom of Holland, has built a large online following thanks to his passion for knitting and darning and an interest in sustainability and repair, materiality and process. Tom is interested in process as much as - if not more than - the completed garment or object and he undertakes thorough research into technique and pattern.


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