An artist is on a mission to change people’s perception of cross-stitch through a mass craft project.
Sharon Mossbeck is rounding up handy individuals from across Sheffield and beyond to help achieve her goal while contributing to an exciting exhibition.
Her Thread of Life project invites fellow crafters to stitch their own version of a pattern, which is based on a strand of DNA.
Once complete and collated, the creative contributions will then be exhibited next year at Sheffield’s Bank Street Arts, where Sharon is a resident artist.
The display will also feature a large-scale cross-stitch piece sewn by Sharon, which will measure just over a square meter.
“I think cross stitch is always considered to be quite twee and doesn’t get much respect as an art form,” said Sharon, aged 33, from Sharrow, Sheffield.
“The technique is not normally seen in a fine art concept so I thought this would be a good way to change the way people often look at cross stitch in contemporary art.
“I’ve been looking for cross-stitchers and artists to send in their own versions of the DNA cross-stitch pattern that I have designed, and so far I am getting a great response.
“As well as local people registering their interest, I have also been in contact with several sewing groups throughout the UK who would like me to do project workshops with them and, through social media, people in Canada, America and Mumbai have said they would like to take part.
“Basically, they are free to interpret the pattern in their own way, picking their own colours, materials and embellishments, and adapting the pattern as they wish, as long as it still conforms to the basic pattern. The idea behind the work is that each DNA piece will be as individual as the person making it.”
To help cover the cost of the ambitious project, Sharon has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise £650.
The money will initially be used to pay for printing the pattern, postage and materials, while any remaining cash will help Sharon to deliver cross-stitch workshops across the country.
n Visit sharonmossbeck.com for information on how to take part or donate.