Explore Fiber is a collaborative website showcasing and exploring fiber as a fine art material.
Mr X Stitch is a site created and maintained by Jamie Chalmers an English male stitching artist. Having the site up and growing since 2008, he is at the forefront of what’s happening in contemporary needle arts. This site has a wealth of resources and features posts about textile artists that work in a wide variety of techniques and processes: beadwork, cross stitch, weaving, hand embroidery, machine embroidery, quilting and much, much more. Grab a cuppa, find a comfy chair and peruse this wonderful site.
One topic I am excited to see on his site is the health benefits of creating through fiber arts. The tab Wellbeing on his site explains:
At Mr X Stitch we know that there are many ways in which the act of stitching can promote positive health. We encourage people to engage in embroidery to better their lives and we support initiatives that embrace this concept.
Three initiatives are featured:
This is something we want to pass on to our children, and is part of the mission of Explore Fiber. Creating with fibers is not just a great material to use in art making, but the processes and techniques can bring quietude and mindfulness to busy bodies and minds. I hope you have a chance to check out the fabulous work Jamie is sharing with the world.