Wednesday, 18 January 2012

A conversation with boys who sew

Last night I attended a talk hosted by Trevor Pitt at mac birmingham entitled 'A conversation with boys who sew.'  It was a great night introduced by Trevor as a sort of 'chatty man' meets 'parki' style interview.  He invited each interviewee down one at a time to sit on the original knitted bench (the inspiration for this talk and his interest in boys who sew) from his project 'A Flock of Benches'. (below)

Here's the blurb with some (blurry - sorry!) images from the night.

Trevor Pitt hosts an evening of lively conversation with men who have taken to needle and thread as their chosen means of expression.

David Littler (sampler-cultureclash), Jamie Chalmers (AKA Mr X Stitch), Stewart Easton (Four Tragic Tales) and TWIGGY (Birmingham) will talk about their artistic and conceptual approaches to the creative use of stitch.

First up was Stewart Easton who is currently exhibited at mac birmingham, during his talk images of his works got little gasps and swoons from the audience
Stewart Easton is a coventry based artist currently working in hand embroidery and digital print on fabric. His work is focused on stitch and narrative using authorial illustration to create large scale embroidered panels. Using folk song and story as a starting point Easton weaves story-based narratives, utilising the space of a single panel to explore time, movement and transition within his tapestry based works. Stewart Easton's Four Tragic Tales, curated by Trevor Pitt, is currently at mac until 22 January 2012

Second was the wonderful, and local icon, TWIGGY
TWIGGY is one of the Midlands' most outrageously flamboyant drag artists. Turning heads wherever he goes, the self-styled monarch of eccentricity has become a symbol of Birmingham's constantly evolving and outlandish gay and alternative club scenes. His self-styled unconventional presence has graced fashion shows, night clubs, alternative events, exhibitions, carnivals and parties for over a decade. 

After the short break was Mr X Stitch AKA Jamie Chalmers, he was very funny and I approved greatly of his roller derby t-shirt
Jamie Chalmers (AKA Mr X Stitch) is on a mission is to bring the world of cross stitch and embroidery to a whole new audience. He has been cross stitching for years and really believes in the benefits of stitching, both from a relaxation and a sustainability perspective. Mr X Stitch was started in 2008 as a way of highlighting cross stitch patterns that he was excited about, and has evolved into a terrific resource showcasing the best in new needlecraft and textiles.

and finally artist/curator, David Littler
David Littler is an artist, curator, educator and DJ currently based in Berlin. In 2007 he initiated sampler-cultureclash - an international collective of dj’s, embroiderers, sound artists, textile designers, dancers, spoken word artists, curators and graffiti artists. Together they explore the connections between textiles and sound and the cultures of embroidery and dj-ing using the common word “sampler” as the starting point for investigation.

 And finally - all the boys take to the bench!

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