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Darren Ball Textile artist

My work is a celebration of the many visual, textural and expressive qualities present in fabrics and threads. I focus on the mark making and surfaces that can be explored through applique and free machine embroidery. I use vintage and found materials that I have collected over many years. This imbues uniqueness and a ‘slowness’ of handmade production to each piece.

The narratives and imagery explored are largely from memory, personal experience and specifically my collection of ‘Stitchcraft’ magazines from the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. These reflect my interest in domestic making, social history and a love of fashion.

I create unique embroidered artworks which are framed behind glass to emphasise their visual and graphic qualities rather than their tactile ones. My pieces are domestic in scale and relate to the photographic images of knitwear used in the magazines and also draw on the economy of fashion illustration.

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