Holly Searle London, United Kingdom
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I am an artist who works with the medium of textiles and embroidery. I reimagine the use of this traditional practice by creating pieces that highlight themes l feel strongly about. Often l subvert the initial meaning to produce a work with a multiple context.

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 to tackle issues that I felt strongly about via this medium.

My work has featured in several exhibitions in the UK and in the Cash is King exhibition which showcased artists included in the published book at The Saatchi Gallery.

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

For more information please visit my website www.thesubversivestitcher.com


This Woman's Work, Embroidery , 2017


Not Under His Eye, Embroidery , 2017


The Revenge of Red Riding Hood , Embroidery , 2017


Vintage Clunge , Mixed , 2018


The Empresses New Clothes, Embroidered and other mixed media , 2018, £400


Daughter of Anarchy , Embroidered mixed textiles , 2018, £400.00


Pennies for the Terrorists , Embroidered on linen., 2017


Meanwhile in the City, Mixed textiles, 2019


For sale

Surly Queen , Textiles , 2019


Projects and exhibitions


Dame of the Hour

06/03/2018 — 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 — 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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