Jessie Chorley is a designer, maker, collector, tutor, author and shop owner.
“Hand stitching, traditional embroidery, printmaking, collage and needle-turned appliqué techniques, are at the heart of my practice as a maker. My needle and thread are my drawing tools of choice. I use them to create scenes and stories, combining stitched images and words, largely on pre-loved fabric and paper. I use a mixture of contemporary embroidery flosses, alongside an ever-expanding collection of vintage threads in a variety of different strengths and thicknesses.
All my work revolves around story-telling, inspired by events from my life, which I then embellish with make-believe based on folklore. My work divides into two parts - large and densely-stitched embroidery panels, alongside smaller objects, including wearable items and altered books. My useable items draw on a handicraft tradition of making mementos, such as the hand-illustrated metal tokens that were traditionally shared amongst family as a way of marking significant events.”