Inspired by the historical and motivated by the modern, Aisling Smyth’s Embroidery aims to drive needlework into the 21st Century.
Utilising the traditional technique of Blackwork these highly visual, pattern filled illustrations display the everyday signs, symbols and semiotics that feature almost unnoticeably in our everyday lives.
Her work also addresses a current debate within craft, that of 'Hand vs Machine'. Many believe the dawning of the digital age has brought with it a degrading effect on the quality of craft. Aisling argues the opposite. Having spent countless hours slaving over software and machinery, the stitches on display prove a mechanically driven machine can stitch with hand-like delicacy.
These pieces of embroidered linen proudly fall into the sub-heading of 'Digital Craft'.