Harriet Riddell (1990) is a Textile Performance Artist. She grew up in Oxfordshire and completed a degree in Contemporary Applied Arts at the University of Hertfordshire (2012).
Harriet travels the world with her sewing machine pitching up in challenging locations from the slums of Nairobi to the tea fields of the Himalayas. Through free motion embroidery she captures her surrounding environment and the people she meets. Adventure and interaction are key elements to each piece of Harriet’s work. Behind every ‘stitch’ lies a narrative of the people, place and culture.
When in England, Harriet focuses on stitching portraits and illustrating special events in stitch. You can book Harriet to come to your home and stitch a family portrait or illustrate a special event or Wedding Day. To deepen the interaction between herself and her subjects, there is the option of using a bicycle to power the sewing machine for either events or portraiture.
Her work has been exhibited in London, Delhi, Nairobi, Toronto, Paris and Hong Kong.