I’m delighted to share this creative’s (@adelaidelm.art on Instagram) mesmeric work…
Please may you introduce yourself and your practice.
I’m Adelaide, I’m 23 and I’m a freehand embroidery artist living in Birmingham.
How did you develop your practice?
I’ve been into sewing from a young age but I never really knew what to make. I’ve done cross-stitch, made cushions, iron-on patches and then I finally found my way with hoop embroidery. It works well for me because it’s very hard to create something that looks terrible. When you’re working with bright colours and abstract shapes, things almost always look beautiful. I’m self-taught and it’s been a case of trial and error to reach the point where I am now. It took going into a national lockdown for me to create things to show and sell to other people. I’d love to incorporate it with my other hobby, analogue photography.
What inspires you and why do you love your practice?
As clichéd as it may sound, I’m inspired entirely by my feelings. Everything I make is significant to me, be that something I’ve been reading, looking at out of my window, or an overriding emotion. I don’t rigidly plan designs in advance, so I never really know what the final outcome will be until I arrive at it. My art is improvisatory and I love to let it go off on its own tangent. I know it’ll almost create itself. My last piece, Virtual Reality, was inspired by research I’m carrying out for my teacher training course. Ultimately, I don’t look into things too much. I am instinct-driven. I love art that is imperfect. I like making mistakes and leaving them there. I love David Shrigley, Chris (Simpsons artist) and Tess Smith-Roberts. Their art is fun and insane. I find it relatable, because I have similar crazy things going on in my own head.
What does it mean to you to be a creative feminist?
I’ve always lacked confidence in myself which I think has been my biggest hurdle. I don’t have an art background which has made me feel like anything I make doesn’t have a place. But I realised that it doesn’t matter what other people think. I sew because I find it therapeutic. When I think about what a great feminist artist should be, I think they should be free from constraints. Feminism is deep-rooted in all that I do. Sometimes it’s reactionary, but mainly it’s a part of who I am. It’s how I identify myself. I don’t want other people to feel held back by hegemonic masculinity, so it’s important for me to show to other people that it doesn’t hold me back. I’m all for women bigging up other women.
I’m not precious about lots of other aspects of my life, so there’s no reason why I should be when it comes to creating stuff. A want, alone, is enough of a reason to put stuff out there.
Please make sure to share some love for Adelaide by following her Instagram page (@adelaidelm.art) and check out her work! Make sure to leave a comment here; I am so inspired by this creative’s dreamlike pieces and unwavering honesty so it’s a pleasure to welcome her to the community!
If you would like to commission or buy a piece of Adelaide’s work and support her practice please direct message her on Instagram.