Becky Edmunds, a former dancer and choreographer turned filmmaker, has turned her attention to textiles and embroidery since the onset of lockdown. Enjoying the meditative qualities of this craft, she is also fascinated by the history of embroidery, discovering a wealth of radical artists who have defied stereotypical thinking of what embroidery can do.
Becky’s practice often revolves around repurposing found textiles and materials. Each piece of fabric or photograph comes with its own history and some pieces have been pre-embroidered by unknown artists. These artefacts, having become detached from their original owners, find themselves bundled together and auctioned on platforms like eBay. Through her work, Becky aims to give them renewed purpose and offer them a fresh lease of life.
Occasionally, Becky employs her embroidery as a medium for protest. Previous works include a hand stitched doily to commemorate the end of Matt Hancock's political career, a tray cloth recording Liz Truss's candid admission of her willingness to be unpopular, and a wall-hanging that memorialises Boris Johnson's penchant for falsehoods. Becky perceives these pieces as a deliberately slow-paced manifestation of the act of tweeting, harnessing the power of embroidery to communicate dissent and critique.
To find out about Becky's film practice, visit beckyedmunds.com