Embroidered Memories by Sue Stone
Sue Stone is a UK based textile artist who works mainly in hand stitch, machine embroidery and mixed media. She is a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists and the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, Sue Stone studied Fashion at St Martins School of Art and then Embroidery at Goldsmiths College in London in the 1970s. There she was taught by Christine Risley, Eirian Short and the indomitable Constance Howard, all of whom have had a profound influence on her working practice ever since.
Sue says about her work: “Hand and machine stitch is used as a means of mark-making to produce work that is usually figurative, and built up in layers; of time, of thought, of fabric, and of stitch. Often displaying a slightly surreal sense of humour, my work challenges both identity and preconception whilst ‘at first glance’ appearing homely and domestic.”
“I enjoy the ‘out of place’, the unexpected, the bizarre and am an avid photographer who makes a constant visual record as an ‘aide-mémoire’ both at home and on my travels. Combining the real, the imagined, the remembered, and sometimes the nonsensical, I give content precedence over technique, which I keep simple and straightforward.”
Using hand and machine embroidery as a means of mark making, her inspiration is drawn from subjects both past and present, all with some connection to her own life and environment. Her work lives in limbo somewhere between the angst of fine art and the therapy of making and is often figurative and regionalist, usually narrative and sometimes has a surreal sense of humour.
Sue find the inspiration for her art anywhere and everywhere, from the obscure and unexpected to the intimate and familiar, the unusual, the exotic, the bizarre, the world within or the world without.
Sue Stone’s work is featured in the following textile art books:
Machine Stitch: Perspectives by Alice Kettle and Jane McKeating, published by A & C Black.