May/June 2024

Embroidery Magazine May/June issue is out now!

A note from the Editor.

An exhilarating safari around Sophie Standing’s exotic animal portraits, including our cover star, a purple-hued gorilla, is our lead article in the May/June issue. Sophie uses everything from eco-printing to appliqué and densely worked embroidery to bring her works to life and create an incredible energy in her work.

Sue Hotchkis’s work is similarly striking. She explains her delight in decay, the methods she uses to recreate this and how her travels abroad have influenced her oeuvre. Similarly, Marian Jazmik is influenced by travels to far-flung islands, as well as the coast at home, with her recent process-led work resulting in her series Corallum, based on coral.

Victoria Villasana from Mexico could be called the ‘Textile Banksy’ as she yarnbombs not only black and white portraits but the streets. Meanwhile, Sam Miller’s vintage-inspired art dolls are uncanny – a cross between rabbit-like people and sprites. Sam’s story of using art to recover from severe illness is an inspiring one.

Elsewhere, Katie Tubbing reveals her high fashion work, we preview London Craft Week and a forthcoming exhibition at the Tate, Now You See Us: Women artists in Britain 1520–1920, and meet one of the newest members of the 62 Group. Enjoy!


A selection of work from our May/June 2024 issue


Marian Jazmik is always on the lookout, seeking inspiration as she walks the countryside armed with her ever present camera.  Whether wide stretching views or macro textures Marian will translate them into amazing textile pieces.  Look really closely at her work and you may even be able to make out some of the repurposed materials she has given new life to, from electrical components to beads from broken jewellery.  Usually aided by Marian’s trusty soldering iron, these found objects are combined with hand and free machine embroidery to evolve into gorgeous, multi-layered, tactile artworks.

© Marian Jazmik


You can’t fail to notice the maximalist presence of designer, Katie Tubbing’s work. But there is more to her designs than unfettered decadence. Katie ensures the sustainability of her work through upcycling of vintage objects, a practice which has influenced her since year one of her studies in Fashion Design.

© Katie Tubbing


Artist Sam Miller has a passion for vintage, collecting, making, mending and imagining.  A passion culminating in the creation of handmade art dolls, fantastical creatures formed from repurposed and cherished historical items.

Not only do these dolls provide Sam with an opportunity to pay ‘homage’ to the women who made and used the beautiful things from which the dolls are formed, they have provided Sam with a form of therapy.

© Sam Miller