A collaboration with James Merry, a contemporary embroidery artist.
The piece is directly inspired by objects in the V&A’s collection and influenced by the techniques and colours of James’ previous embroidery work for Björk. Using the Crouching Venus as the main inspiration, the gaze across her body was mapped to create the two metre long artwork. Commissioned to work on the piece, Hand & Lock used contemporary embroidery combined with Goldwork techniques and unique colours to bring the exquisite piece to life.
Celebrating 250 years as an embroidery house in 2017, Hand & Lock are dedicated to intertwining contemporary embroidery with traditional techniques and endeavour to keep the art of embroidery alive through contemporary work. This beautiful artwork was commissioned exclusively for V&A Members – with Members receiving ‘The Embroidered Gaze’ across their Membership Welcome Pack.