My hand stitched prints were born out of the wish to combine my love of digital design and embroidery into a single artwork.
The stitching process has to be considered carefully from the start of the design. Once the digital artwork is completed and ready to print, I use the shapes in the file to work out the ideal spacing, thickness and alignment of the stitches. I then produce templates which I use to mark and punch the stitching holes into the paper. After reinforcing the paper, I punch each hole individually and then begin stitching.
This short description of my method makes it sound quite simple, but the delicate nature of the paper and strands of thread provide a good challenge. Plus, I don't want to give all my trade secrets away just yet!
Below I have gathered a selection of images that give a little insight into my stitching process in the studio.