The sewing machine is the writing tool of textile artist Sara Impey who specializes in machine stitched lettering. The UK-based quiltmaker originally trained as a newspaper journalist inspired by words and narratives. We get an insight on the artist in her interview with Molly Makes:
â€œI began stitching text in 2004. I had wanted to do so for some time, and tried to find a way of incorporating it into my existing working methods which at the time consisted of elaborate repeated patterns using machine appliquÃ© set against bold geometric backgrounds. I didnâ€™t want the text to be an add-on, but an integral part of the design. My first text-based quilts were simply lists of related words or reproduced verses from Victorian samplers. It was when I started stitching my own writing that I felt I had finally found my â€˜voiceâ€™ as a quilter â€“ more than thirty years after making my first quilt. It was a very long apprenticeship!Â The text on my quilts is all free-motion machine stitching, letter by letter. I mention this because these days a lot of people assume it is digital embroidery.â€
You can follow the artist on her website. Her book, â€˜Text in Textile Artâ€™ is available on Amazon.
Images: Courtesy of Sara Impey.
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