'Welcome To Embroiderland' Exhibitionby Lissie Baldwin 6 July - 14 August 2021
From 6th July - 14th August, Lissie Baldwin's unique & humourous embroidery works will be on display for the solo show, 'Welcome To Embroiderland'
Lissie Baldwin studied fashion at Central St Martins, graduating with a Masters in 1994 and going on to set up her own fashion label. She has designed and worked with Liberty, Koh-Samui, Whistles, The Spice Girls, Zoe Ball and Denise Van Outen. Her work has featured regularly in The New York Times, New York Post, Hello! Magazine, Elle Magazine, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Evening Standard.
Recognising the commercial appeal for her handmade, intricate designs, in 2004 she began showing her work commercially in galleries in Central London with much success. Regularly exhibiting at The Affordable Art Fair London and New York and holding shows at Selfridges, Nigel Hall Menswear and Cockpit Arts.
Lissie’s works feature central characters which she stitches completely by hand, placed carefully around vintage fabrics such as Yves Saint Lauren, Gucci and Chanel and pieces of discarded materials. By seeing the value in everything she finds, she has the rare ability to turn ordinary in to the extraordinary, resulting in pieces full of charm, humour and wonderful energy.
Inspiration & Influence Behind The CollectionMischievous Mickey, 2021
Lissie is influenced by wartime pinup advertising by Vargas, Elvgren and Petty as well as advertising from 1930 to the present day. She is strongly influenced by the Godfather of pop art himself, Sir Peter Blake and his collage works and is also inspired by the likes of Banksy and textile artists, Ian Berry and Annie Montgomery.
"Welcome to Embroiderland series was initially inspired by the 1950’s pin up girls, which I wanted to contemporise through the integration of strong female imagery and commercial iconography. I wanted to update old themes through a modern twist on the embroidered image." - Lissie Baldwin
Tell us about your creative process; how do your works come into creation? Where do you begin? Do you envisage the outcome from the start or is the process more of a journey?
"My work is a process. I often change it along the way. Welcome to Embroiderland started with a small group. I find it easier working on several pieces at once.
Working through images in book (often hundreds of them), I will choose a group that work well together. Then I play with fabric combinations. My studio has floor to ceiling fabric filled boxes, so it can get quite messy. Once decided I then start the stitching and adding layers as the picture progresses.
An example is Mischievous Mickey. Mickey Mouse was added later because I felt the piece needed something completely different. It was the first time I had used a Disney Character. But that is the exciting thing: to integrate different themes and have some fun with the work and viewer." - Lissie Baldwin
What do you feel makes your style of work unique?
"I am trying to portray my personality in my artwork. I do like it to have a touch of originality, mischief and fun. I want it to engage and intrigue the viewer, drawing them in beyond a cursory first glance.
When I create it makes me feel much happier and I hope that what I create will make others happier too!
The unique techniques I have developed over many years working with textiles and fabrics have added to my arts individualism and originality. I stitch on a minimum of 5 layers and have created a subtle range of skin colours. Some parts of the work are constructed from over 10 layers of a variety of materials." - Lissie Baldwin
Do contact us with any questions/enquiries about the exhibition &/or artist & their work
'Welcome To Embroiderland' Exhibition: A Solo Show by Lissie Baldwin