Tilleke Schwarz has updated her website. If you have not encountered her work before do check it out as she is a Dutch contemporary embroiderer who draws with thread. Her stitchery is employed as a graphic mark which is an approach you do not see often.
In all her pieces Tilleke Schwarz captures aspects of contemporary visual culture, in hand embroidery on linen. I really enjoy the childlike graphic style that Tilleke manages to capture in thread as she does not display a tight obsessive control over process that you find in much hand embroidery.
Tilleke Schwarz employs traditional imagery, icons and symbols along side snippits of text, icons and imagery encountered in her daily life. Politics, technology, language and communication are themes in her work.
For anyone interested in samplers and particularly samplers used as a form of journal take a look at Tilleke Schwarz’s work as she regularly makes use of text from what appears to be a journal, it makes for interesting reading as well as viewing!
The site houses a gallery which will keep you inspired for a long time. Do stop have a cuppa and make time to browse.
Thank you so much for posting this. I am really interested in the idea of stitching as journaling. Will check it out!