About Embroidery Bar

Embroidery is something I'm very passionate about, and it's a skill I think is often misunderstood and sometimes stigmatised in the creative industries. Because it is a diverse skill that sits somewhere between art, fashion and craft, it can never be fully immersed in a single industry without overlapping at least slightly with the other, which is probably one of the reasons I'm so interested in cross-diciplinery collaborations and projects. Embroidery is an ancient skill that has survived millenia and is rich in global history, from the colourful Otomi embroideries of Mexico depicting symbolic animal figures taken from cave paintings, to regal goldwork worn by our military and royal family, communicating symbols of rank, status and achievements. Embroidery has often been used to communicate, and with todays popular digital embroideries you can see people communicate their personality, their political beliefs and favourite bands.

The concept of 'Embroidery Bar' is to offer everyday luxury. The benefits of hand-embroidery over digital, although more expensive, include its character and uniqueness, something that can only really be produced in small quantities meaning limited edition and bespoke, and also the fact that so much love, care and attention has gone into creating each and every piece. A hand embroidered t-shirt can easily take over six hours to create, but what you end up with is something that is as unique as a fingerprint, no two hand-embroideries can ever be identical.

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