We explore the intricate art of stitching through the lens of the fabulous Mister Finch
When we appreciate the perfect finished product, the importance of stitching is not often seen as a vital part of the production process that it truly is. It is seen as the glue that holds together the masterpiece, but not the masterpiece itself.
Yet, without the art form of stitching, we would never achieve the masterpiece.
As pioneers of craftsmanship, stitching is a skill we respect and truly admire here at Sofa Workshop. We believe needlework is not simply a part of the process; it is a work of art – and artists like Mister Finch continue to bring this belief to life.
Mister Finch is amongst the few that have truly encompassed this art form. Working from his magical studio near the equally magical Yorkshire Dales, Mister Finch – a man who sews – defies stereotypes. He uses scraps of thread, fabric and paper to stitch majestic fairy tale creatures that have been part of commended exhibitions all across the globe. His showpieces continue to captivate and enthral his dedicated following worldwide.
Amanda Peach, the curator of ‘The Wish Post’ exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park by Mister Finch, is one of the many who was initially awed by the unique stitching techniques bringing Mister Finch’s work to life.
“The art of stitching enables many wonderful things, including the scope to work with a range of different mediums. This is exactly what Mister Finch does – re-purposing fabrics from old cinema curtains, sofa covers, cross-stitch samplers, tablecloths; anything which has a beautiful colour, texture, pattern or feel. He is not an embroiderer; instead, he uses stitch (and skilled judgement) as a vehicle to transform 2D material into a lifelike 3D animal with individual expression and character. His show truly transformed the gallery. ”
Without any formal training, he has achieved success and fame in the art world through both his self-taught sewing techniques and his ability to turn his fascination with nature and folklore into a whimsical reality.
Revering the significance of sewing has been the absolute crux to Mister Finch’s showpieces.
The thread travelling across the material surface, creating textured paths that are both visual and physical. Colour and form are the primary components of creation, but an entirely new layer of design comes into play when the stitching is added.
Woodland themes may have had great influence over Mister Finch’s art, but it has also influenced design in interiors. Take our Lady May in Dusky Velvet Grass, for example. This forest green hue is the perfect centrepiece for a British Folklore inspired set-up.
And our sewing team at Sofa Workshop is one of the most vital components of creating beautiful pieces like the Lady May above; in particular, when creating our V&A collection (in collaboration with the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum).
Debra, our very own upholstery machinist, believes that the care and attention that is given to the sewing process ultimately determine the quality of the product.
“The skill is in our hands, at the end of the day. When it goes through the machine, you pull and push to make sure the finished product is going to despatch at 100% level of quality.”
The stitching process ensures the longevity of each and every piece, yet still remaining true to the archives the collection was inspired by. It means that the finished product is immaculate in both form and structure.
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