Tilleke Schwarz is a Dutch contemporary embroiderer who knows the rules of traditional embroidery and breaks them. Beware of Embroidery is an overview of some her textile work exhibited in a solo-exhibition in 2001. Tilleke Schwarz employs traditional imagery, icons and symbols twisting them to speak of contemporary life. Politics, technology, and communication are themes in her work. Pieces are hand embroidered on linen yet they do not display the tight control over process that you often find in many hand embroidery. Her stitchery is used as if stitchery is a graphic mark – something that you do not see often and is difficult to do. In Rites Tilleke Schwarz has made use of fragments of text from what appears to be a journal, computer screen shot contrasting these with traditional sampler motifs. All her pieces capture aspects of contemporary visual culture.
I wish more of her work was online and while I am wishing I may as well add some really good close ups would be great too.