Radical Embroiderer

Extracts from "Covid-19 a handkerchief"

Title
Extracts from "Covid-19 a handkerchief"
Artist
Radical Embroiderer
Location

Somerset, UK

Panel ref
34-3
About

Just before the first lockdown in March 2020 I found a box of two beautiful large men's handkerchiefs in a charity shop. It struck me that these would be perfect to embroider as my response to the pandemic. This is how my series "Covid-19 a handkerchief" began. Little did I realise that 21 months on I would still be doing them and would be starting on Part 9.​ ​My panel for the Covid Chronicle consists of extracts from the first 8 handkerchiefs. I started with "Herd immunity behind the cloak of confusion", form Handkerchief 1 and finished with "Stand Up and Oppose!" stitched around the edge of Handkerchief 8. The latter is part of a quote from the wonderful Professor Kailash Chand, Vice President of the B.M.A. and staunch defender of the N.H.S., who tragically died on 26 July 2021.​ ​Covid has affected all of us in so many different ways. I found that, although I obviously could not control events, I could control the needle and the thread and so my handkerchiefs became a strange refuge. ​I​ specialise in hand embroidery and am interested in the way embroidery can be used to highlight, question and challenge.

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