It’s #meetthemakerweek so here is a little about me…
I’m The Sea Cat, a 23 year old embroidery artist from the South West of England, currently living in Manchester. I have been practicing embroidery for the around 3 years and I absolutely love it however I don’t just do embroidery, I like to try my hand at a bit of everything.
I have taught myself everything I know about embroidery over those three years and I’m constantly learning more. I think embroidery can be a very empowering art, it was once thought of ‘woman’s work’ but that is currently changing in a big way, it’s great that it has been making a comeback over more recent years.
My main inspiration for my work comes from nature as you can probably see from my previous posts, I quite enjoy photography too so lately I have been taking photos of the gorgeous plants, fungi and creatures around me to reference in my work. I also like to take inspiration from my other interests.
I love to upcycle in my work, it gives me great joy to produce something new from something old, I love to make models, jewellery and especially clothing with reused materials. I make a lot of upcycled clothing, I often embellish them with hand embroidered patches that I’ve made. This year I started a small collective of artists called the SCRAP YARD RATS
, we are all artists that use recycled materials in our work, it’s very new to me but I’m happy with where it’s going, it has sparked up a few ideas for collaborations so watch this space!
I have suffered with Chronic Pelvic Pain for around 5 years now and I feel that the time I spend stitching is extremely therapeutic for me, helping me to manage the pain. I had major surgery in August which I’m still recovering from, I honestly don’t know how I would have coped if it wasn’t for my embroidery work keeping my mind active. It feels ironic that I am now all stitched up…
I am flooded with inspiration at the moment and have a lot of ideas ready to be made into the real thing, I will slowly be working through the queue of plans and making this all happen over the coming months. I am really excited for this as I will be working on some big things that I’ve never tried before, I can’t wait to share this with you.
Trousers hand embroidered by The Sea Cat