Tell us a bit about your background -- what led you into art and
when did you begin?
I have always been found with a pencil and paper, but then I moved onto
using needle, thread, and a sewing machine to incorporate my love for
traditional household crafts. I have always had a passion for sewing,
but I never did textiles or fashion subjects at school. However, when
experimenting at university by drawing on the sewing machine, I
discovered my love for contemporary embroidery.
Tell us about your design and the story behind it.
I recently did an exhibition called “Out of the Woods,” a series of
wildlife embroidered illustrations, and it was a design from the
How did you get into freestyle machine embroidery? What inspired
you to try it in a new way?
Experimenting, mistakes and quickly working for one project to next. I
never go back into designs. I quickly move from one to the other and the
unevenness and unpredictable the sewing machine makes it very exciting
as each piece is completely unique.
What inspires your designs?
It is difficult to
say where I get my inspiration from. I get influences from the media and
popular culture, as well as situations I find myself in. I’m inspired by
my love of music and lyrics, memories, humor, films, friends and family,
friendships and relationships. I’m also inspired by other artists such
as Eleanor Bowley, Lizzie Finn, Mr X Stitch and Julie Jackson.
take a lot from what’s going on in my life and try to empathize with
people. I guess you could say I have a need to share my ideas and
communicate with whoever wants to listen!
What’s your studio/workspace like?
Let’s just say, I am casual about cleaning. :) My desk pretty much has
my Mac on it and my sewing machine is always close on hand.
Finally, if you were a Crayola crayon, what color would you be?
If you want to see more of Rosie’s stuff, you can check out her
to see latest and greatest of her freestyle work, or contact her
directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.