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Portrait of an Engineer

For the last month I've been working on a piece called Portrait of an Engineer, it is very large 62 x 71cm and my process is very slow, as someone recently remarked 'Wow I didn't realise you sew a single stitch at a time', yes I do! all my work is stab stitched, because I like the way the resulting stitches lie on top of the fabric, stitching in this way also allows you to be extremely accurate and keep the fabric relatively flat while you work.

My work is constructed from pieces of silk organza that I cut with scissors and then layer together to create a collage.

Each colour is hand cut from silk organza.

Each colour is hand cut from silk organza.

Brush covered in sparkly swarf, used to keep the milling machine clean.

Brush covered in sparkly swarf, used to keep the milling machine clean.

Everything is carefully positioned and pinned before tacking.

Everything is carefully positioned and pinned before tacking.

The pieces are hand stitched together with different coloured threads.

The pieces are hand stitched together with different coloured threads.

The coloured areas are trapped in place by the little stab stitches. Little abstract areas emerge from the whole.

The coloured areas are trapped in place by the little stab stitches. Little abstract areas emerge from the whole.

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I'm making this piece and two more of The Spring Show at Mint.

Mint  from 10 May 2019
2 North Terrace,
Alexander Square
London SW3 2BA

Emily MacKillop