Holly Searle London, United Kingdom
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I am an artist who works with the medium of embroidery. I reimagine the use of this tradition practice by focusing on themes l feel strongly about, and subverting their representation.

Working with embroidery as an art form to deliver messages and to highlight important social issues.

After attending a mental health exhibition, I was really moved by two samplers that had been created by an inmate of an asylum. Having been incarcerated by a patriarchal society that refused to hear her voice, she used sewing as a methodology to petition Queen Victoria.

Having always been creative, the thought of subverting the norm, by corrupting the traditional idom of the sampler for such an emotive purpose, really resonated with me.

I then began to express my own thought and tacking issues that I feel strongly about via this medium.

My work has featured in several exhibitions in the UK and will feature in the forthcoming book Cash is King, which showcases the art of defaced baknotes.

My work also appears in the street art communities in the Uk and at various locations around the world.

My work may also be viewed on my Instagram account @the_subversive_stitcher


This Woman's Work, Embroidery , 2017


Not Under His Eye, Embroidery , 2017


The Revenge of Red Riding Hood , Embroidery , 2017


Previous projects


Dame of the Hour

06/03/2018 to 22/03/2018

Dame of the Hour showcases the works of 22 local and international artists. The title takes inspiration from Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931), a world-renowned operatic soprano and the first Australian to be internationally recognised as a classical musician. This exhibition, with pieces executed in a number of media - from etchings,...

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St. James Wine Vaults, 10 St James Street, Bath, BA1 2TW, Bath Details

Fighting Talk Exhibition part of SheFest 2018

05/03/2018 to 18/03/2018

SheFest, Sheffield’s Fringe Festival for International Women's Day, is a programme of events celebrating women and girls. The festival, running from 5th-11th March, features a wide range of inclusive and celebratory events which aim to engage women from all over the city! The SheFest exhibition (2nd – 15th March 2018) is one of these many...

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Chapel Walk Art Space 35 Chapel Walk, Norfolk Street, S1 2PD, Sheffield Details
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