London Craft Week: Embroidery as an Abstract Workshop with Stewart Easton

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London Craft Week: Embroidery as an Abstract Workshop with Stewart Easton

Friday 02 October 2020

Session: 1


Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Level: Complete Beginner

Maximum Class Size: 10

This workshop explores the connection between hand embroidery, abstraction and conscious awareness. During your class you create an abstract form which will be filled with free form hand stitch.

The participants will be encouraged to remove narrative from their work to enable a conscious connection to the process of repletion, colour and form.

During the session you be encouraged to work with an abstract form of your own design, freeform stitch and a non narrative based image. You will be free of the expected notion and pressure of creating an image or a likeness. This method of conscious stitching enables you to be fully present and experience the ‘slowing movement’ of time.

At the close of the session you will be free to take your created piece with you.

Level: No previous experience is necessary as the you will be working with a simple freeform stitch

Stewart will bring examples of his abstract embroideries for reference.


Breaking the traditional boundaries of craft, Stewart Francis Easton's work fuses together hand embroidery, sonic art and music. Drawing upon and using folk song, story and social history as a starting point Easton works with the space and weight of story to create large-scale wall based pieces which emphasise the passage of time within a single panel. These pieces vary in size and medium and can be drawn with hand embroidery, direct wall draw-ing or paint.

Whichever medium is used Easton emphasises the need to create using the hand as it is in this process that a connection is made with the story allowing a slowing down and im-mersion in the moment.

Most recently Easton has been removing the ‘storyline’ of a visual narrative by creating geometric/ graphic forms in stitch. This reassembling of his work ethic in a chance layout enables the viewer to be free of their preconceptions of story. Using a process of abstract minimal stitch he is enabling himself to create a visual reference to an ever-changing pathway and reaching for a utopian form.

Easton’s stitch work blurs the lines between craft, illustration and fine art making his work dynamic and progressive and a must see.
Stewart Francis Easton is a visual storyteller based in London who works in thread, ink, paint and digital media.

STEWART FRANCIS EASTON (B. 1976, United Kingdom) graduated from Coven-try University in 2009, receiving MA Illustration and Animation. Since then Easton has had a number of solo shows both in the UK and USA. He has also been in-volved in numerous group shows in the UK and USA. His work is part of private col-lections in the UK and Internationally. Easton also has a client list including Penguin books, Domino Records, English Folk Dance and Song Society, Nevada Museum of Modern Art, Barrington Stoke, Working Titles Films.

You can find more examples of his work here