Digital Stitch Technique

Imagery or text is initially cleaned up and edited in Photoshop before being uploaded in to Pfaff's 5D software. Here the embroidery can be programmed and further changes made. I use a Pfaff Creative Vision machine to stitch work out. I am particularly keen to challenge the way both the software and hardware suggest the embroidery is created.

This technology is allowing me to build imagery in a way that I never expected. It feels like the possibilities are endless.

Artist Statement - Digital Stitch

“Digital technology has changed forever the way we discover, understand and create. I am intrigued in the way we process and communicate data; the paradox of how essentially important that data may be, yet how intelligible it is to the uninitiated. This is particularly true of medical data where information can literally be a life or death matter. And just as digital technology is changing the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, digital technology is changing the way I can work with textiles.”

“I can programme stitches with pinpoint accuracy, fill areas with decorative satin stitch and build images with precision: I can make in a way that I could not have imagined when I graduated 25 years ago.”