Sorrell Kerrison: Creating Hand Embroidered Portraits

Today on the Stitchery Stories embroidery and textile art podcast, Sorrell Kerrison shares her life in fabric & thread, and music!

Sorrell is a creative who produces work in different mediums – textile art, print, painting, film, as well as writing music, playing guitar and singing in several bands through the years.

Our main focus in this episode is around the excitement of the four large hand embroidered portraits that Sorrell was commissioned to create for Bolton Museum Egyptology collection. These are now part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Continue reading to discover the highlights of our chat and to see some images of Sorrell’s work.  

We have a fascinating chat about colour and also about Sorrell finding her focus around hand embroidered portraits.

Susan Weeks chats with Sorrell about:

  • Seeing the opportunity to propose hand embroidery as a suitable medium for portraits for Bolton Museum commission
  • Winning the bid for all four portraits
  • Being very specific about her creative process
  • Why embroidery can be similar to Jazz “improv”
  • Finding self expression in art and film making and rebelling against rigid ideas
  • Fascination with faces
  • Saying “hello” to her portraits
  • Developing consistency, finding her path and loving her portrait work
  • Stitching as therapy whilst listening to podcasts
  • About her interesting use of colour
  • Making a vow and some ‘rules’ to help finish things
  • What’s Stopping You? Just Go and do that thing you’ve always wanted to do
  • What it takes to create a body of work
  • Embroidery is enforced patience
  • Building a Patreon page

and much more…

Sorrell Kerrison Stitchery Stories Textile Art Podcast Guest
Sorrell Kerrison Stitchery Stories Textile Art Podcast Guest

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Visit: Bolton Museum

Other people, things & places mentioned in this episode:

Francis Bacon

Jenny Saville

The Manic Street Preachers album ‘The Holy Bible’

Armando Iannucci

Cayce Zavaglia

Louise Bourgeois

Andrew Hung