Mr X Stitch presents The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – April 22, 2009
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Welcome to the Cutting (& Stitching) Edge! I’m Mr X Stitch and I’ll be your guide to the best in contemporary embroidery. Each week I’ll showcase someone who is rocking the world of embroidery and textiles.
The more eagle eyed of you may have noticed that the first four Mr X Stitch posts here on Craftster, as well as being completely amazing, have all been by men! That’s right, men!
We all know that Craftster is the hub of the Nu Craft Revolution (which is like the Nu Power Revolution but with fewer shoulder pads and more double-sided tape), but it is also the spiritual home of the Manbroidery movement. As detailed in last week’s post, manbroiderer and all-round good guy Johnny Murder has gotten the ball rolling on this new phenomenon, and I’m helping him keep that baby rolling! Manbroidery is happening! You heard it here first!
However, in an effort to even the score a bit, I am proud to introduce you to the magnificence of Orly Cogan.
Orly revitalises vintage fabrics with her hand embroideries, spinning contemporary vignettes that mix the erotic with the mundane and create little bits of magic. Her works breathe life back into fabrics and existing embroideries in remarkable ways, and yet the old and the new end up looking as though they were always meant to be that way.
Orly’s works are voyeuristic glimpses into her world; they tantalise and challenge your expectations, all the while leaving you smiling. Her pieces are as charming as they are arousing, and yet the overt sexuality of the work never offends.
Her embroidery skill is obvious; her artistic talent is enviable; her sense of humour is spot on. She does amazing installations at her exhibitions, many of which can (and must) be seen on her web site. Simply put, Orly Cogan is brilliant.
Mr X Stitch is a manbroiderer, cross stitch designer and runs www.mrxstitch.com,
the number one contemporary embroidery and needlecraft blog on the planet.
He can often be found hanging out on the Craftster needlecraft boards, the Threadhead Collective on Facebook or at the Phat Quarter on Flickr.