Jacobean Embroidery

It is finally done – the first piece of hand-embroidery completed for part of the Royal School of Needlework certificate, thanks to the QEST scholarship. It’s taken over 100 hours – and I love it!  This now informs future embroidery application within my broader contemporary photographic practice.

Jacobean Embroidery

Jacobean Embroidery

Photo London

Looking forward to showing my unique works from Constellations and Coordinates with The Photographers’ Gallery at Photo London this May. All colour works are hand-embroidered – I add each thread as individual stitches into small, analogue c-types. They will be showing alongside Meghann Riepenhoff, Vasantha Yogananthan and Chris Steele-Perkins from May 16-19 at Somerset House, London.

12_COORDINATE_ORANGE OVAL

Photo London

Underwater

I am tethered by an invisible thread which binds me to my own story. This is why I sew into my photographs, to feel attached to something I still yearn for. 

COORDINATE SMALL BEAM I
A hand printed c-type with hand embroidery by Jessa Fairbrother.
COORDINATE SMALL BEAM I
Reverse of hand printed c-type with hand embroidery by Jessa Fairbrother.
Underwater

Constellations and Coordinates

I am so pleased to be able to share news of my solo show which opens in the Print Sales Gallery at The Photographers’ Gallery on March 8th. The work, Constellations and Coordinates, comprises of two parts. Constellations features needle-mark unique black and white hand-prints with numerous perforations made to raise the surface of the image. Coordinates offers a range of highly colourful embroidered pieces, each making a different gesture and offering a point of familiarity in a path of navigation.

Composite
Three “Coordinates” from Constellations and Coordinates

 

Constellations and Coordinates

Work in process

Dragonfly wings - Dragonfly I

A few of my newest hand-marked works will be exhibited in Print Sales Gallery at The Photographers’ Gallery, London from April 27th until June 9th. I am delighted to be included in the show Work in Process alongside Julie Cockburn, Felicity Hammond, Alma Haser and Liz Nielson. More details here.

Pieces from my series “Dragonflies” will be on display, with their hand-marked perforations made slowly on the surface of photographic self-portraits.

This continues as part of my long-term work Armour Studies (Regarding Skin), a consideration of skin as the permeable layer between interior and exterior, and the porous body.

Work in process