In this podcast, I talk with cross-stitcher Bridget Franckowiak about “irreverent stitchery” – the growing community of embroiderers and cross-stitchers who turn these crafts on their heads. They stitch to make pop culture references, celebrate internet memes, make social commentary, or work out personal issues in an artistic way. And their work is very compelling.
Bridget is also an editor at Mr. X Stitch, a stitchery blog she curates with Jamie Chalmers. Together, they feature stitchery across a wide spectrum of humor, subversiveness, political statement, personal history and much more. The website has become an epicenter of this community of irreverent stitchers.
So why have the stitching arts, among all other crafts, become the medium of choice for these kinds of expressions? What is it about embroidery and cross stitch that lend themselves so well to irreverence – not to mention, serious cultural exploration? Bridget and I attempt to answer these questions.
Be warned, please: You can’t talk about this kind of stitchery without using some adult language and discussing some adult themes. This show contains a bit of both.
Find Bridget online:
• Bridget has a big archive of her cross stitch work over on Flickr. Be warned! There’s strong language and very mature themes over there.
Check out the artists Bridget mentioned in the podcast:
Julie Jackson, founder of Subversive Cross Stitch
Connie Barwick, your About.com guide
And finally, a guide to the pop culture references in this show:
• The podcast You Look Nice Today