04-01-2018


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Artist, UK

Sophie King is one of the few talents who managed to revive and cultivate embroidery as an actual form of contemporary art. Having herself established as a strong feminist voice with her recent creations breaking the internet, King’s bold stitches manage to blur the gendered divide of embroidery being nestled between art and craft.

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Her most recent work focuses on empowering women and examining issues they face in modern life that undermine their self-esteem or self-confidence through self reflection of her own experiences.
Apart from personalised badges ordered by the likes of Gwen Stefani, King also embroidered fragile roses and very recently released a series of lace corsages, her artistic interpretation of the #metoo movement.
With a rising amount of women speaking out now against harassment worldwide, King’s work enters our lives at a crucial time, making it even more powerful.

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In the art world currently I find most exciting that…
It appears as though textiles is being taken more seriously as a medium. Also social media has given a voice to groups of people that have been historically excluded by the art world.

Number of unanswered mails in your account today…
Far too many!

My perfect working outfit…
Leggings and a baggy t-shirt.

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My favourite new brand discovery…
The Goodhood.

My everyday online art read is…
I follow Creative Review and It’s Nice That.

Your necessary extravagance is
I’m bad at making coffee so I like treating myself to takeaway ones!

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Most ridiculous thing I ever bought…
A coffee when I’m panicking and it feels like I’m going into another dimension.

My ultimate secret after long working hours…

Probably exercise, it’s the last thing I feel like doing but it’s the only thing that wakes my body and mind up after being sat down all day!

Favourite collaboration of the art- and fashion world…
Elsa Schiaparelli and Leonor Fini, my biggest inspirations!

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My favourite hashtag…
#catsofinstagram

On my office table I always have…
A notebook, needles, half finished embroideries.

The most arty city is…
I actually really like Bristol.

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Describe yourself with three emojis…
😹💄bat_1f987

Art world gent I would like to have lunch with…
Chris (Simpsons artist)

Who are the best dressed in the art world…
Jean-Michael Basquiat always looked cool.

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Artist(s) we should have on our watch list is/are…
Signe Pierce, Maisie Cousins, Hannah Hill.

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Instagram: @kingsophiesworld
Photos by Sophie