Amanda J Clayton: The intimacy of hand-stitching

Hand stitching has had somewhat of a renaissance over the last five years, however, it has always been an integral aspect of the work and process of textile artist Amanda J Clayton.

The intimate connections that hand-stitch has with aspects of femininity and traditional gender norms are always prescient, however, whilst Amanda has explored some of these themes, they are not at the forefront of her work.

She is more concerned with challenging the qualities of cloth. Recently, a more defined process of working has emerged and the pieces she has produced have developed a fresh perspective.

Key aspects of Amanda’s work are her explorations, experiments and decisions with cloth and thread that allow the piece to emerge and develop over time. This creates a timeless piece that is intimate and intensely personal.