Mr X Stitch Presents: The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Holly Levell

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Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Holly Levell is a textile artist from the UK who specialises in soft sculpture.

Holly Levell - soft sculpture

“I am inspired by my daily surroundings and the unnoticed aspects of life and how as an artist I can change the status and meaning of the humble object using my personal textile craft technique. It’s the idea of taking something that is overlooked in life and catapulting it into the spotlight.

Holly Levell - soft sculpture

“My current work comes from exploring ideas for the objects that feature in our day to day lives. I began to focus on shopping and started stitching a flat bean can in my room, it made me think ‘I wonder if I can make this completely from stitched textiles?’ softening the idea and creating a soft, nostalgic object. Supermarket stitch had begun!

Holly Levell - soft sculpture

“Originally I had no idea how to go about making them so it was a bit of trial and error. All of the objects have been taken apart and re-sewn together at least 10 times until I get the ketchup bottle lid to look just right or the ring pull on a coke can to look as though you could actually pull on it.

Holly Levell - soft sculpture

“I never thought about it until I began this work but we all have sentimental memories and a certain fondness for the foods and products that surround us in our lives, a bottle of Heinz Tomato ketchup in the middle of our table at home has become as much a staple piece of furniture as the table and chairs we sit at.”

Holly Levell - soft sculpture

 

I love a good soft sculpture and Holly’s choice of subject matter brings a smile to my face. Akin to the work of Harriet Hammel, Holly takes ordinary objects and makes us reconsider them by producing them in soft format.

 Holly Levell - soft sculpture

Technically adept and well chosen, Holly’s work is great fun and a terrific example of the form. Find out more about Holly at her website.

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The Cutting & Stitching Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the must-have embroidered art book by Mr X Stitch !

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2 Comments

  1. HSG says:

    These are so detailed and wonderful. Takes time and love to do these.

  2. cackle says:

    Oh, wow! They are all impressive, but I have to say I’m in love with the Marmite jar.

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