I’m always drawn to work from this revitalized embroidery art movement that has been gaining in popularity in recent years. I think it is the contrast of this older and traditionally domesticated craft with a lot of tattoo and contemporary imagery that I like. I spotted Bec’s work, Stella & Fawks, at the AGP Triennial which brought me to her website and subsequently compelled me to contact her to send over some images and info to share here.
“I combine traditional embroidery techniques with contemporary subject matter that explores the in-between moments of the everyday. This work is a series of sewn illustrations, dedicated to the expression of longing, loss and love. They are influenced by relationships and strive to capture a sense of romance and nostalgia. The pieces invite the viewer to connect with the sentiment of the subject and the nature of the characters.
The act of embroidering is slow and as each stitch is deliberately placed it inspires thoughtfulness. This process brings out attention to detail and creates unique movements in the work. Embroidery combined with the use of reclaimed material and the elements of colour, texture, and pattern allows me to design and construct these moments in a way that is different from any other medium.” (Bec Groves)
Check out some of Bec’s work and her wonderful little animation below;
To check out some work in person you can catch Bec at Stitch ‘n’ Kitsch on April 14th in Waterloo (stitchnkitsch.com).