Behind the artwork – Feminist embroidery by artist Sophie King

If clothing has always been a means of self expression, what Sophie King does is something more.
English Embroidery artist, she uses the method of embroidery to talk to women, and, over the years, has managed to become a real cult voice with a following that exceeds 90 thousand followers.
Among her works there are a lot of important and relevant quotes, especially in a historical period where women’s freedom, consideration and rights seem to be disappearing.
We interviewed her, we were told who she is, how and why she started and what are her sources of inspiration.
The interview and a selection of images that tell her intent can be found here, while here her Instagram profile and here the site where you can also buy some of her works.

Tell us about yourself, what is your background, what did you studied and what are your greatest passions?

In university, I studied Art History which I hated. I didn’t think I’d be good enough to do fine art in university so I opted for the more “academic” side which is a regret of mine. I’ve always loved fashion, art, and film!

How did you come up with the idea of customizing almost everything with quotes?

I’ve always been interested in how we can use clothing to send a message about ourselves and the world around us, how everyday objects can have meaning.

How long does each piece take to create? What’s the hardest thing about the process?

It can take anything from a day to weeks or months. It’s very time consuming and you need a lot of patience. The hardest part for me is being sat down for so long!

Some of your artworks are related to the concept of female empowerment, do you think that nowadays the differences between men and women are still very substantial? 

I don’t think men and women are inherently different but the way in which we experience the world is, for example everyone experiences toxic masculinity but it affects men and women in different ways, it makes in harder for men to express their emotions, whereas women are much more likely to be victims to domestic violence in part because of it.

What do you think is your most significant artwork?

I think the “stop teaching girls that boys are mean to them because they like them” related to people the most and marked the start of exploring more personal themes within my work.

Who are your female muses and inspirations? Can you tell us why?

I love Leonor Fini, Leonora Carrington, Elizabeth Taylor, Serena Williams because they’re all ambitious and determined women.

What’s next for you? 

Continuing to make more work!

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