Full size painting and close up alongside each other. Painting by Sheri Gee

Stitch project

This body of work is inspired by the cross-stitch sampler on display at East Grinstead Museum, sewn by a ten year old girl from Baldwins Hill School in 1878 and forms my exhibit in Example’s Townscape 2016: Reframing Local History.

Exploring the project, where each Example artist had to choose a museum exhibit on which to base a body of work, I became interested in the seeming loss of these traditional needlecraft skills amongst school children today, despite cross-stitch’s current renaissance, with many young designers creating avant-garde patterns, often referencing modern culture.

The figure of a girl working on a cross-stitch design, a current student of Baldwins Hill School, forms the basis of this project, in an attempt to link the past with the present. The paintings weave threads between contemporary art and traditional needlecraft, some pieces employing cross-stitch together with oil painting.

In 2017 I added to this project in a new piece, ‘She Walks in the Path of Those Before Her’. The piece was subsequently selected to be exhibited in the Society of Women Artists 157th Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, September 2018.