Tracey Emin & Embroidery

Tracey Emin & Embroidery


Hi everyone and welcome back to my arts and entertainment blog. Something not many of you guys will know is that I have a 4 year degree in Fine Art which is one of the reasons I started an Arts and Entertainment blog.  Now, don’t go down the path of dissing my degree, as I’ve heard it all before, and believe me I mean it all.  And yes I am currently tens of thousands of pounds in debt but what can you do!


Anyway I digress, the reason I mentioned my degree is that for the most part on this blog we have been looking at the entertainment side and today I thought we would try something different and start looking at a few of the artists that inspire me.  Obviously there are many different types of art, and many different types of artists that inspire me, so I picked my favorite textile artist, as textile art has long been my style of choice.  One of the first ways of getting into textile art, and how I began, was through embroidery. I personally buy my embroidery thread second-hand from online classified ads listings, but you can pick it up anywhere, and all it requires is practice and imagination.  You can be as simple or as adventurous as you want to be.


Tracey Emin.


Controversially Tracey Emin is one of my all time favourite artists.  Now this may seem unusual in the context of embroidery because she is better known for her seminal pieces of work such as ‘My Bed’ and ‘Everyone I have Ever Slept With 1963 – 1995’ which are thought of as overly simplistic and scandalous although in my opinion once the works are looked into they are very clever works which look into periods of people’s lives and the way people react to something without looking into it.


A couple of years ago I took my sister to see Tracey Emin's exhibition at the Hayward Gallery ‘Love is What You Want’ which featured seldom – seen early works as well as more recent large scale works from Tracey Emin.  It was the first time I had seen many of Emin's works in real life and personally I found it very inspiring.  All of her art pieces revolve around her own life and experiences and several revolve around her sexuality and the impact her first, and second, abortion had on herself, something many people don’t imagine.

Emin’s artwork shows that their is beauty in imperfection, a lot of her work features spelling mistakes and rushed drawings which capture an exact moment in someone’s life rather than a polished image.


Emin and embroidery.


Tracey Emin has long used drawings as a way to capture a moment in time.  Emin’s artwork shows that there is beauty in imperfection, a lot of her work features spelling mistakes and rushed drawings which capture an exact moment in someone’s life rather than a polished image.  One of the ways she uses embroidery is similar to drawing in that she uses a sewing machine to draw an image onto pieces of cotton or bed sheets .  The juxtaposition between the traditional form of embroidery, as well as the idea that embroidery is a purely decorative form of sewing clashes with the images,  drawings and words that Emin uses.




The main power for me in Emin’s pieces are the autobiographical nature of her work, and how a lot of it can draw resemblances to your own life.  Focusing on love, and the human need to be loved Emin shows her own insecurities and desires, and it reminds us that all most of us want is love.


Heart is always with you


Another of my favourite style of artwork from Tracey Emin are her appliqued and embroidery wall hanging blankets.  Using old blankets, cut up and intersected with other blankets and overlayed with text Emin  forces us to take the blankets piece by piece and read each section before commenting on it as a whole.   Using her traditional method of writing ideas and designing pieces keeping all the mistakes in, Emin translates her thoughts and feelings often of discomfort onto something whose only purpose is comfort.


Art in its own way


I hope I’ve managed to show you another side to Tracey Emin, I believe she is one of the best British arts of the 21st century and has challenged many ways we look at and interpret art works.   She is also further proof that you should never judge a book by its cover, as there are many different layers to each person, and many different forms emotions and autobiographies can take.   If you’d like to look at more of Tracey Emin's work check out herwebsite.

Anyway thanks for reading my blogpost on art today, if you’d liek to read a post on entertainment check out our latest blogpost on Outdoor Cinemas here,http://www.timbasalsa.com/outdoor-cinema-a-new-era .