Stitch with Richard McVetis – 3rd July 2021

Stitch with Richard McVetis

About Richard McVetis

My practice is deeply rooted in process and hand embroidery. I record time and space through multiples of dots, lines, and crosses. These meticulously rendered stitches reflect a preoccupation with the repetitive nature of a process, exploring the subtle differences that emerge through ritualistic and habitual making. The inscribed stitches mark the rhythms of the hand, a delicate performance of obsessive intricacy, refinement, and physical activity. There is intimacy in this labour-intensive way of making; the ritual and repetition create an in-depth focus and an internal Space-Time specific to the artist. The process of execution is just as, if not more, important. The pieces created explore how objects, materials, and places, through the action of hands, bear witness to the passing of time, of the mundane and of the everyday.

Finalist of the 2018 Loewe Craft Prize, Richard’s artwork has been exhibited in galleries, art fairs, and museums across the world. Richard has been a finalist for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2011 and 2016, a finalist for the Cheongju International Craft Prize in 2015 and was selected to be part of the British Pavilion, Form + Motion at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in 2017.

McVetis, is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in 2008, he lives and works in London.


In this workshop participants will explore a combination of traditional hand embroidery techniques, how you do it, and why you do it. We will explore the slowness and rhythms of hand stitching; the versatility and strengths of embroidery for drawing and mark-making; and the pleasure in having time to make.

Create textures and patterns, work a stitch in different threads changing its scale and spacing, work freely, and combine stitches to mark make and draw. Practical help will be given by demonstrating the many ways in which this can be achieved using the most simple of hand embroidery techniques, no knowledge of particular and precise embroidery techniques are needed.

We will explore the following stitches: straight/back/running/couching/whipped + laced
There will be an artist talk and we talk about materials + equipment.

£85 10-4.30 , includes Materials, 2 course lunch and refreshments

*workshop can be combined with 4th July for a 2 day workshop*

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