Mr X Stitch Presents: The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Kirsty Whitlock

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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.

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Kirsty Whitlock is a textile artist from Leicester.

She is “inspired by political cartoons and the way they amuse, inform and educate a social message. She uses recycled and reclaimed materials to challenge Britain’s ‘throwaway culture’, also taking inspiration from news headlines and documentaries. Her work is concept led responding to the surface qualities of printed material as well as the subject matter.

Machine embroidery is used to explore imagery, text and current affairs. Embroidery has the power to transform, it enables the meaning of the material to be manipulated and challenged.

Using recognisable signs and symbols, Kirsty incorporates humour and the overlooked qualities of the materials to produce a collection of conceptual pieces and installations, using the medium to reflect on consumerism and current affairs.

I really like these pieces. In these times of corporate culture, where we start to feel the true effects of profits above all else, these pieces do a nice job of critiquing those very familiar institutions that have  played their part.

Kirsty’s work has attitude; a swagger that I like. I look forward to see what she’s going to produce next.

You can see more of her work at her website.

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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, at the Phat Quarter on Flickr, or designing patterns for the MrXStitch etsy store.

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