Broderie anglaise

Broderie sur blanc, bordure en broderie de Madère ou broderie anglaise. Broderies composées d’oeillets surjetés au point de cordonnet.  

Embroidery upon white.  English embroidery also known as Madeira work consisting of eyelet-holes edged with an overcast stitch.  [The openwork embroidery made in Madeira Island was highly praised for its neatness and hard wearing qualities]

Broderie anglaise brings together a series of drawings and installations inspired by machine-made openwork embroidery trimmings belonging to the artist’s mother.  The white cotton trimming would have been used to ornate plain linen such as pillowcases, bonnets and undergarment.  The white on white embroidery, projected and enlarged on paper has become a motif the artist often returns to and draws.

Photos © Carl Fox, Photography  

Broderie anglaise, 2017, wall installation.
Broderie anglaise, 2018, wall installation.
Broderie anglaise, 2018, wall installation.

à l’anglaise (Madeira), 2018, installation detail.
à l’anglaise (Madeira), 2018, installation detail.
à l’anglaise (Madeira), 2018, installation detail.

Broderie anglaise, 2017, wall installation.

Cartridge paper, pencil, shellac gum ink; dressmaking steel pins.

0m51 H x 0m6655 W x 0m15 D 

Broderie anglaise, 2018, wall installation.  

Arches watercolour cotton paper; shellac gum ink; open work test piece on cotton; dressmaking steel pins.  

0m77 H x 0m60 W x 0m20 D 

à l’anglaise (Madeira), 2018, installation detail.

Washi (Japanese paper) Kozo (mulberry); Arches watercolour cotton paper; shellac gum ink; pencil; acrylic paint; linen napkins; mid-20th century wall paper; polyester, silk and linen threads; white glass-headed steel pins; plastic head quilting steel pins; dressmaking steel pins; glass and copper shaped chandelier pieces; tin/copper wire thread; wood, nickel and plastic curtain rings; dowel pine rod.

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