from the editor
I PENNED MY FIRST EDITORIAL for Embroidery in January 2004 and this, dear reader will be my last. If I regarded writing that introduction as tough, I hadn’t anticipated the heartache of saying farewell nearly two decades later. Since then, I’ve had the great honour to preside over and shape 111 issues of this magazine as Editor, charting changes and developments (some good, some less so) within textiles. I graduated from Goldsmiths in 1988, so my love affair with art textiles began long before I arrived at Embroidery. Choosing Goldsmiths was a no-brainer: the college bristled with creativity and the tutors demonstrated why the textile medium is so thrilling and, in the right hands, defies neat categorisation (except by the closed-minded). I’m glad to see that the art world is finally waking up to the exciting work happening today. Embroidery magazine, I hope, will remain a place to come to discover this. Of course, it wouldn’t exist without the galleries, publishers, events, writers, curators and the artists and makers who I’ve had the privilege to champion in these pages. Last but not least I offer my heartfelt thanks to Melanie Smith, our talented designer. We’re a two-person team and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together, especially during difficult times, when the work was all-consuming and as everything ground to a halt in 2020. As for me, this farewell is not really a goodbye. My life will continue to involve textiles and playing a part in this community. Embroidery will always be close to my heart and so I take a small part of it with me as I begin a new chapter. I wish you all the very best – and do keep in touch!
ON THE COVER: Julie Arkell, From a sheltered corner place, 2021. 17 x 6cm. IMAGE ©JULIE ARKELL
Embroidery is published six times a year in January, March, May, July, September and November by Embroiderers’ Guild Enterprises Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Embroiderers’ Guild. The magazine was first published in 1932 and is read today by textile professionals and enthusiasts around the world. The Embroiderers’ Guild is a registered charity (No. 234239), which organises an annual programme of events and awards. The Guild’s Museum Collection of embroidered items is held at Bucks County Museum.
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May June 2022
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