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Ananda Hill

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Eat The Rich

Embroidered and Overwhelmed


How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I draw inspiration from a wide range of contemporary and historical art, craft, social and political movements, and my imagination is always fuelled by literature, mythology, and poetry. My hand stitched textile pieces are inspired by classical notions of tapestries and embroideries as narrative objects – recording human expression and experience across all levels of society. I explore broad themes including mental health, misinformation, politics, social issues, ecological issues, pop culture and contemporary humour through stitched visual imagery, allegory, and symbology.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

I believe that artistic and craft-based emotional expression can offer an outlet for resistance in the face of an uncertain world, and the empowerment of this creative resistance can lead to a sense of strength and resilience, allowing ultimately for opportunities of positive regeneration towards a more confident, self-reliant and materially intelligent population.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am a contemporary stitch artist who uses narrative embroidery to cast a critical and often satirical lens on the issues facing us as humans in the modern world.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

Alongside making and exhibiting my work I have undertaken workshops with organisations such as Hereford River Carnival to bring stitch to a wide range of people of all ages, using the power of craft practice to engage people in mindful thought and dialogue around a range of subjects.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

I graduated from Hereford College of Arts in 2023 with a BA in Contemporary Design Craft, and I am now studying on the MA Contemporary Craft Program.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

June 2023 - The Degree Show - Hereford College of Arts
June 2023 - New Designers - Islington
Aug-Nov 2023 - Portal - Llantarnam Grange

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