Artist who had me in stitches

Reporter Heather Jan Brunt reduced to stitches and, below, with artist Naomi Ryder
Reporter Heather Jan Brunt reduced to stitches and, below, with artist Naomi Ryder

Artist Naomi Ryder has a unique way of capturing her subjects – she stitches their likeness onto natural fabrics, producing extraordinary portraits.

Currently the Muir Trust artist in residence at the county museum in Church Street, Aylesbury, her temporary studio is open every Wednesday until May 15 from 1-5pm.

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Pictured above is what she came up with when Herald reporter Heather Jan Brunt visited her.

If you fancy having your portrait stitched for the exhibition which will be held at the end of her residency she is happy to oblige.

There is even a chance of winning the portrait to keep.

For she will note the names of everyone she draws and choose one at random at the end of her residency.

The winner will receive a framed stitched portrait of themselves.

She said: “I was absolutely delighted to get the textile residency here, it gives me the space and time that I don’t usually have in everyday life.”

Naomi trained in Manchester and has worked for designer John Rocha, the Southbank Centre and Habitat. She recently completed illustrations for Mary Portas china and has done stitched portraits of the Philharmonic Orchestra.

The exhibition takes place from May 25-June 29.