Let’s be inspired… Artist 1
UK Painter and Stitcher (hand embroidery artist)
She’s absolutely incredible.
When I started stitching last year, a friend suggested I look Marna up on Instagram, which I did. I thought she was incredible and I really wanted her to be the first artist we looked at together here as she was the first artist I was inspired by with stitching.
She stitches beautiful scenes and portraits on her own handmade lampshades and paints the most incredible stories with her threads. Marna was a Fine Arts student at the Manchester School of Fine Arts for painting and still paints in between her stitching. Her greatest love is actually drawing and to her it doesn’t matter if that drawing develop into stitch or embroidery or paint. I love that so much because there is a kind of traditional loyalty to her art practice no matter what it develops into later.
She is based in the North East of England and is very much influenced by her landscape and surroundings. It’s her very own story that she tells in each of her works and I’m deeply moved by this. It’s something I’ve been thinking about so much the past year or so. What is our story and is it worth telling? The more I’ve been studying other artists and their body of works, the more I’m seeing how important this concept is.
Similarly like Marna, I stitch the way I paint… with lots of layers, expressively with my “brush strokes” and my very specific use of color. It’s probably why I’m drawn to her work and why I wanted to share about her here. She threads very painterly and I’m very drawn to her style of stitching.
In February I jumped onto her month long Instagram project called “Threaduary - Threading for February”. I learnt so much during this month and stitching everyday was huge learning curve for me and if you are considering a project next year - this is one I highly recommend for this medium and daily practice. I think she also does Stitchober - in October. Look out for it.
I do believe something special happens when we practice daily.
I couldn’t agree more. There is something so soothing and gentle and kind about slow stitching.