Mr X Stitch presents The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – December 16th, 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.


Maggy Rozycki Hiltner is a textile artist operating out of Red Lodge, Montana. She takes pieces of found textiles and stitches vignettes onto them.

This is what Maggy has to say about her work:

Fabric and stitching are familiar to most people: a comfortable and innocuous medium. We all have the experience of childhood in common, with its daily doses of beauty, anxiety, joy and pain. Common childhood events span socioeconomic class, race and gender differences. With these images I am trying to evoke recognition in others of the amazing oddness and commonalities of our individual and connected lives. I like the narratives to be ambiguous and interpretable.

My work is hand-stitched, and I work on top of or with pieces of found textiles. These discarded household goods have a history of some other person’s place, actions and time. I often find these trivial decorations to be ominously full of double meanings. I use carefully planned neat stitches in contrast with kinetic playful scratchy ones to move the narrative and give voice to the characters. I like when the work feels like a Home Ec project gone awry.

Her earlier works combined the textiles with a classic style of illustration that created bizarre moments, all with a playful sense of humour.The works display great technique with a clever and effective blend of applique and embroidery.

Her more recent works explore different themes – I love the Familiar Faces series which is bound to bring a smile to the face of anyone with children.

I love the vibrancy of Maggy’s work. The textiles chosen for the pieces often reinforce the quirks contained within the subject matter and Maggy’s characterisation is spot on. There is a real playfulness within her work, the kind of playfulness that adults would appreciate and that echoes the naughty child in all of us.

Maggy exhibits across the United States and beyond. If you want to see more of her works, I thoroughly recommend checking our her website.


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  1. These are awesome. My favorite is the two-headed child one, followed by the nefarious squirrel. Fantastic!

  2. rackycoo says:

    I love the Familiar Faces series! I’m going to have to check out more of her work.

  3. Jayerie says:

    Very cute, unique, and high quality work! But on a side note, I’ve gotta challenge the artists’ statement that “common childhood events span socioeconomic class, race and gender differences.” For a particularly salient example, Christmas is different for poor kids than for rich kids, right? Little girls and little boys are taught to play different kinds of games (and even taught to play some of the same games in very different ways), and children even develop differential understandings of ideas like beauty and manliness based on what racial group they belong to. Maybe Ms. Hiltner’s work wouldn’t be any different from this perspective–though I’m by no means suggesting that her work should be different because it’s fantastic and fantastical as is! Creepy and delightful! 🙂

  4. Koozies says:

    The pictures are so cute !So creative !

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