Darren Ball

Instagram: @darrenballtextiles

Leo, 2020

Applique and machine embroidery stitched using a domestic sewing machine, framed in oak with UV glass. The piece is made using hand-knitted Shetland wool and collected fabrics machine-embroidered onto a vintage scarf and embellished with sequins. H 64 x W 59cm. Signature is stitched on reverse.

£3,000 retail, £3,300 if delivery in UK is included.

Eleanor, 2020

Applique and machine embroidery stitched using a domestic sewing machine, framed in oak with UV glass. The piece is made using hand-knitted Shetland wool and collected fabrics machine-embroidered onto a vintage silk handkerchief. 59 x 59 cm. Signature is stitched on reverse.

£2,500 retail, £2,800 if delivery in UK is included.

Sonia, 2020

Applique and machine embroidery stitched using a domestic sewing machine, framed in oak with UV glass. The piece is made using hand-knitted wool and collected fabrics machine embroidered onto a vintage scarf. 70 x 70 cm. Signature is stitched on reverse.

£3,000 retail, £3,300 if delivery in UK is included.

Darren Ball originally trained in fashion textiles, specialising in hand-knit. A qualified art teacher, he now focuses on his embroidery. His unique work, made using a domestic sewing machine, is inspired by personal narratives, experiences and his vintage magazine collection. He is an alumni of the Crafts Council Hothouse programme.

Made in 2020, these unique embroideries were an optimistic response to the beginning of a new decade. They are interpretations of images in ‘Stitchcraft’ magazines from 1950. These joyously positive pieces use hand knitted Shetland wool and a found palette of fabrics, machine embroidered onto vintage scarves and handkerchiefs.

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