Published on July 26th, 2013 | by Vincent Jobse0
Crafts: Britain in stitches
Rosalind Wyatt in the new edition of Crafts.
Her first degree was in calligraphy and bookbinding, and both her grandfather and great grandfather were tailors at Savile Row, while her Italian mother’s aunt did fine embroidery for couture. It clearly runs in the family with Rosalind Wyatt, who now combines textile design with calligraphy. The concept of writing in thread was developed by herself – transewing she likes to call it – during her time at the Royal College of Art.
Now Wyatt is working on a huge and on-going project: The Stitch Lives of London. It is meant to become a kind of modern-day Bayeux Tapestry: a 100 meter textile installation made up of 215 embroidered garments with stories of London’s inhabitants sewn upon them. The shoe (If Shoes Could Talk) was inspired by Mary Pearse, a troubled 19th century girl who sought refuse at the poor house.