Mr X Stitch Presents: The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Paddy Hartley

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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.
Paddy Hartley is the Lead Artist of Project Facade.

This project responds to the patient records of The Gillies Archive and later life experiences of First World War Servicemen who underwent facial reconstructive surgery at the hand of New Zealander Sir Harold Delf Gillies and his surgical team. Paddy constructs three dimensional collage uniform sculptures that explore the cases of these soldiers and their stories.

The pieces includes notes, records and diagrams of the cases, which embellish the uniforms, taking the viewer on a extraordinary journey . Each sculpture tells a story of how these facial surgeries, which were pioneering techniques at the time, were executed and the process that the soldiers went through. It’s fascinating stuff.

These works are astonishing. The subject matter is remarkable, and the way that Paddy has interpreted these amplifies the emotion of the narratives. The work does not sensationalise these stories, but it does enforce the lengths that the individuals went to in their pursuit of regaining a “normal” face.

For more information on this amazing project, visit the Project Facade website.


Mr X Stitch is a manbroiderer, cross stitch designer and runs,
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  1. hrsg says:

    What an incredible undertaking to tell such an important group of stories. Each piece is so well done and thought out.

  2. Becca says:

    What a moving project. I’ve spent the past half hour on the website and am truly touched by this project. May we all find a way to use our skills and love of creating to better the world through tribute to others, supporting a cause, or raising awareness of something worthwhile. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. ko says:

    Just amazing.

  4. rachel says:

    does anyone have a current website link for this? the one i clicked didnt work

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