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Isobel Currie is a British embroidery artist that takes traditional embroidery stitches to three dimensions.
I am an embroiderer whose aim is to celebrate the beauty of stitch by exploring its structural and sculptural potential. I use the three-dimensional form of a stitch to guide the design of the finished piece, and enhance the visual imagery with vibrant colour. I work on a small scale creating a sense of precious miniaturisation and fragility; using traditional stitches but in an innovative and modern way.
The transformation of the traditional into the dimensional brings an ancient process into a fresh, contemporary form. The intersections of color, line and movement seem far removed from the embroidery I know from my girlhood days, but I love the energy and motion of the thread. Here’s what she says about how she gets her inspiration:
My inspiration begins with the selection of an embroidery stitch or technique, which I then explore to reveal its shape and form. This analysis generates ideas for the theme and structure of the finished work. The embroideries often reference shapes, patterns and rhythms drawn from nature, which are used to generate bold geometric forms. I use vibrant progressions and interactions of colour to enhance these designs. Each work is closely planned before stitching starts, however as I render the design in three-dimensions, I sometimes discover unexpected shapes emerging from the build-up of thread lines.
It’s exciting to see contemporary interpretation of traditional methods and processes. It’s even more wonderful when the connections are made from the new back to the traditional. All fiber artists are deeply connected to the material – finding new expressions keeps our passion exciting and growing!