Alice Kettle – our Guild President shares her views on the art behind embroidery and textile works.
I wonder if it really matters if embroidery is art or not? What seems more important is a questioning of material, an understanding of process and an opening up of ideas. Creativity captures experience and imagination which becomes manifest through making. An idea is turned into form through good design, through interpretation, through revision and acute application. All art carries with it cultural baggage. If art/craft seeks to transcend the expected, the certain and the safe, if it is well made, well executed and ‘beautiful’, it can offer new possibilities and new absolutes.
Those of us who work with thread know that it has its own life and its own potential. It is the enquiry into its infinite qualities that enliven us and capture us in dialogue with a material world.