The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Sally Hewett


Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Sally HewettOpens in a new tab. is a textile artist from Kent. She graduated from the Kent Institute of Art and Design in 2003 and has exhibited her work in various venues in the South and South East.

Sally explains her work: “My practice centres on bodies, ideas of beauty and ugliness and the conventions that determine which is seen as which.  My medium is mainly stitching and embroidery.  I like the discordance between the medium and the content.

I am interested in how we see things, how we interpret what we see and how my way of representing bodies might affect how that which is represented is seen – is it seen as ugly, beautiful or just funny?  Or none of those things?

I find Sally’s work fascinating. She recreates elements of the body that are replete with insecurities, but by isolating them in hoops, they become tactile objects of desire. They are removed from the socio-political context that shapes our view of them, and we have a chance to consider them from an aesthetic perspective. I think they’re absorbing and they make me want to reach out and touch them.

Sally’s technique in these pieces is superb – the elegance of the pieces belies the technicality of their construction, and it’s clear that Sally is an adept crafter.

You can see more of Sally’s work on her websiteOpens in a new tab. – I’m genuinely excited to see what she does next.

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The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge is brought to you in association with Embroidery As ArtOpens in a new tab., the inspirational stitched art blog from the legendary Jenny Hart.

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Jamie Chalmers, aka Mr X Stitch, aka the Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery is the founder of the Mr X Stitch site, the world's longest running embroidery blog, the curator of PUSH Stitchery and the author of the Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch. He is also the founder of XStitch, the game-changing cross stitch design magazine which launched in Summer 2017.

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