The Bee Stitchings- Sue Cridland

Unfortunately the photographs of this work are very poor quality- taken on my tablet as phone had run out of battery…

For me the work spoke in ways that got under my skin- the effort of stitching so many panels, the challenges of broken threads and needles when machine embroidering, the experimentation with tension and stitch length seemed so effective.

The stitching itself is exquisite. The choice of textiles and machine embroidery as an art tool sends powerful messages about tension, domesticity and whether human or bees, living in stressed environments.

Having seen quite a lot of Sue’s work (she is studying for an MA in Fine Art at University of Gloucestershire, this piece feels like she has really found her voice.

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