Mr X Stitch presents The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – October 21st, 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.
Ben Conrad is an artist based in Jersey City, NJ. He works in a range of media, and has produced a series of anatomical embroideries.
They cover actual anatomical details, and then also more esoteric attributes. Such as worries:
Ben’s a pretty likeable guy. With terrific honesty, he says “I suppose I should have some more specific sort of artist statement, but frankly I think most such material belongs in the trash bin. Until I think of a more pretentious way to put it, my only goal in making art is to take some of the multitude of images constantly swimming around my brain and put them out in the world.”
These pieces are simple and friendly. They are unpretentious and you can tell that Ben has stitched them because he wanted to. His unapologetic outlook is great and it’s a shame that he hasn’t explored the embroidery media in more ways.
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 or at the Phat Quarter on Flickr.