I used to incorporate sewing into my work. In the final year of my degree, I presented a series of works that I’m still very fond of that were similar to the work I’m doing now, in that they were abstract landscapes. The difference with these works was the inclusion of hand-sewn plush creatures. This week I decided to start sewing again.
I made 2 little creatures, including the one pictured above. I’m considering painting a place for them to live, but I’m not sure yet.
As well as these tiny creatures, each of which measures no more than a couple of centimetres in height, I also made a gift for my brother-in-law’s birthday. It seems so weird calling him my brother-in-law, as my sister only got married a couple of months ago. Anyway, here he is (the creature, not the brother-in-law):
My sewing skills seem to have deteriorated a little in the couple of years break I took from sewing, and the fact that I don’t use a machine means that there are very obvious flaws in the stitching – but I kind of like that.
So what does anyone else think? Should I keep sewing and perhaps re-incorporate these creatures into my paintings?