Mr X Stitch presents The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – August 19th, 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.


Gillian Bates is an artist from Eastbourne, UK, who uses machine embroidery to capture memories of seaside Britain.

Whether it’s pictures of piers or icecream or seagulls, Gillian’s work shows you perfect moments in coastal towns. She says the following about her work:

“I believe that habit and habitat draw a veil over our eyes. We become so accustomed to the people and places we see everyday that eventually we fail to see them properly at all. My aim is to pull back the veil and in doing so reveal the extraordinary and beautiful wonder of everyday life.

“I hope to do this by exploring the notion that man and landscape are part of the same, essential fabric and as such are seemingly stitched together – inextricably inter-connected and inter-dependent. By recapturing and reconceptualising the seemingly humdrum moments of everyday life in this way I hope to rediscover in them some fresh and revealing connections.

She continues: “Recently I have felt more and more compelled to explore and celebrate my local environment. The brilliantly idiosyncratic, seaside towns of Sussex, their wonderful residents and stunning architecture continue to be the single, greatest driving force behind my work and a constant source of enjoyment and inspiration. ”

(The more observant of you will have spotted that the pier above is not Brighton Pier, but is in fact Eastbourne Pier.) The piece below features Marine Court, in St. Leonards on Sea.

My grandparents lived near Brighton, and I know these places and spaces and moments. I’ve had a few of them. Mine also include watching my grandfather’s dog chase after her ball high upon the cliffs, and picking cockles out of rock pools. But I digress…

Gillian’s work is lovely and you can buy some from her etsy shop, or see her other work on her Flickr photostream.

This rather ropey picture below features the piece I bought, which does feature Brighton Pier this time! )

What do you think? Got any nice seaside memories to share?


Mr X Stitch is a manbroiderer, cross stitch designer and runs,
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He can often be found hanging out on the Craftster needlecraft boards or at the Phat Quarter on Flickr.

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One Comment

  1. Paula says:

    I was just passing thru and saw the memories of seaside I love it. I will surly check out more Gillian’s work to add to my inventory shop and website


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