Paul Chiappe

Paul Chiappe creates meticulous, haunting drawings that borrow the visual language of photography to explore ideas of memory, reinvention, anonymity, and loss. Referencing found photographs, he executes the small-scale drawings without the aid of projections, grids or magnification. The mysterious subjects stare back at us to reveal something and nothing all at once – it is our instinct to fill in the blanks.

Lisa Kokin

Sewn found photographs

Steph Littlechild

“My work is concerned with the evocation of memories; with fragments of time captured and preserved from childhood recollections.Hand made paper, printed textiles and machine embroidery are combined to build a surface quality that alludes to how a recollection might appear in the mind’s eye; as elements of the imagery are faded, dilapidated and re-worked in layers”

Mark McQueen

“My practice explores issues of nostalgia and childhood. Memory is something that cannot be taken for granted as it is ephemeral and can be lost through tragedy or just the simple passage of time”

Hannah Lewis Davies


“I am continually fascinated by the ability I had as a child to disengage with reality and enter into an imaginary world. Our imaginations offer a place which is visually exhilarating, full of wonder and unrestricted by logic. My work draws heavily on fleeting childhood memories, imagined fantasies and the innocence and contentment found in escaping reality.”

Melissa Zexter

Her portraits and figurative work explore identity and representations of femininity through embroidery and photography.

Maria Rose Adams

Her work springs from the vague and complex daily act of living, connecting with others, loving, over analyzing the whole wide world, and finding beauty in everything.

Lauren DiCioccio

” The tedious handiwork and obsessive care I employ to create my work aims to remind the viewer of these simple but intimate pieces of everyday life and to provoke a pang of nostalgia for the familiar physicality of these objects. ”

Vladimir Kaigorodov

Helen Stead

Helen Stead’s  work has been inspired by the subject of nostalgia, bitter-sweet childhood memories and a closer look into a personal family history. A collection of old family photographs, vintage wallpapers, albums, letters and books were gathered to provide the foundation for her work. The themes she works with have been thoroughly explored through the medium of image transfers,  printing on to different papers, photo manipulation (both digitally and by hand), film photography, mixed media and textile approaches.

Places retaining childhood memories have been revisited and by documenting the personal journey through the use of photography and journal entries, delicate and personal work is often produced.  Old photographs, Polaroid images and image transfers have been combined with text and poetry from writers such as Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath & James Joyce to communicate some of these ‘hidden’ emotions we repress as children.

In my current work I am striving to achieve work that represents me overcoming personal battles and reflecting upon childhood experiences and memories through the use of embroidery and mixed media to portray a sense of emotion. I have started work on un stretched canvas using image maker to transfer my images on different surfaces.

Tucker Schwarz

Tucker Schwarz’s work  probes memory and emotion through sewing machine “drawings” on fabric.  Intricately embroidered pieces of cloth act as ventriloquists for human emotions. Schwarz works primarily with thread on muslin, stitching together a variety of complex themes, from suburban alienation (somber-looking telephone poles and empty driveways) to the lulls of domesticity (middle class houses curtained by large trees). Schwarz weaves a complex geography against a backdrop of cloth, assembling images based on personal memory and photographs of landscapes and neighborhoods.

Many of the threads are left dangling and often lines are not completed. Tucker Schwarz is interested in subtle, quiet images that trigger our memories and emotions. I find these embroidered drawings fascinating as they embrace everyday life. Within my current work I plan to create embroidered drawings and collages which take inspiration from my everyday life.  I want to make my work more personal by using my own photographs and looking back on my childhood to bring something new to the work  and exploring the use of embroidery to create a delicate nature to the pieces of work

Marloes Duyker

Structures and details, purity and the beauty of imperfection and spontaneity, these are the ingredients of the works of Marloes Duyker. Her work is created by the sewing machine to produce stimulating textile works that balance between figurative and abstract worlds. Her work is a delicate game of structures and fragile stitching.

Marloes Duyker has been working for a great variety of clients and makes remarkable design concepts and 2D and 3D images for editorial purposes, display windows, stands, fashion, jewellery and furniture.

As an artist, Marloes gratefully uses the contrast between the technique and subjects like suicide, the depression, and the loss of identity. This is varied by light-hearted and spontanious images of colorful birds, styled man-figures and poetic portraits.

I love Marloes Duyke’s compositions within her work and the use of varied stitching to create unsual and interesting pieces of work. I like how her portraits are built up with lines and shapes with areas missing or overlapping

Tugba Kop

Tugba Kop’s work is textile based but everything starts from observational drawings on paper then transformed into embroidery.  The first image with the legs and football is interesting as it has repeated and overlapping elements to it yet it simple and not over complicated. The second image I like as it is taken from everyday life and has painted and collaged areas within it.

Tileke Schwarz

Tileke Schwarz takes inspiration from daily life and uses mixed media and embroidery on linen.

Kirsty Whitlock

Kirsty Whitlock uses everyday trow away items such as newspapers, comics and supermarket carrier bags as a surface for her embroidered drawings that reflect and respond to the material she is embroidering on to.

I plan on taking inspiration from these textile artists by thinking more about everyday life and the meaning behind the imagery I use within my work.  Not only on a personal level but by thinking about what the  images might mean to other people. I also want to look at found materials and objects and how I can transform them using embroidery. On Canvas I am going to start and focus more on my painting and maybe these new found ideas that I will be exploring will inform my work on canvas.

Susan Najarian

I love the work of Susan Najarian her work consists of  Encaustic paintings made  from photograhs and drawings which she works into and covers in beeswax.

 Inge Jacobsen

Her work involves embroidering,  cutting and collaging images from womens high fashion magazines. she is also interested in exploring the different contexts in which photograhy can be used. Inge Jacobsen likes to stray from the conventional perceptions of what photography can and can’t be.  Her practice seeks to inverene in this  overwhelming  consumption from the mass produced and alter it to create something new.I have took inspiration from her work and I have started to sew into my own found images.

Francis Alÿs

I have been looking at the work of Francis Alÿs as i have been thinking about using collage within my work and exploring ways of putting different  images together using mixed media.

Walking or strolling is a recurring  theme in Alÿs’s work, which often comes from notes and observations made while wandering around whichever city he is in. The Last Clown features a painterly animation of man going for a walk, along with a set of images which are studies for or details of the film.  I am intersted in his initial  drawings and paintings that have a collaged approach to them with overlapping elements.