British embroidery and textile artist, Adam Pritchett, describes himself as a sewing enthusiast. Being self-taught, he focuses on hand embroidery using traditional methods and stitches in his practice to create contemporary works. Common themes throughout his works are insects, spiders, and plants.
“I really like the juxtapositions between working in soft materials like fabrics and thread, and the subjects that feature in my work like insects,” said Pritchett in an interview with Textile Artist. “A common remark about some of my more recognizable works that feature spiders are that of conflicting feeling between visually appealing embroidered stitching, and the realism of spiders on webs which in contrast are a common source of discomfort to many people.”
“I think that a key theme in my work is that of reconstruction and passing of time,” adds Pritchett. “A reoccurring theme of spiders in a series of pieces that I have made have all been based around cutting away at fabric, and weaving lace-like structures similar to webs over the holes to make them complete again. The break down and rebuilding is a subject that keeps coming up in my work, and one that I don’t feel I have finished exploring yet.”
“My work feels more illustrative than conceptual, and the shows that I have exhibited in have featured alongside mostly illustrators so I suppose I’m not really sure how my work fits in alongside other textile art,” he admits.
His miniature botanical embroideries will spark joy in your feed. Take a look for yourself.