Textile Performance Artist
#TEDxCK 2017 Performance
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. By using a bicycle to power her sewing machine, she encourages connections between her art, her subject, and her audience.
Harriet Riddell (1990) is a Textile Performance Artist. She grew up in Oxfordshire, England (With Canadian parents)
Since graduating from the University of Hertfordshire in 2012 with BA(Hons) in Contemporary Applied Arts, Harriet set up and established her own freelance business called ‘InStitchYou,’ which specializes in stitching portraits of people from life with a sewing machine. In addition to markets, art shows, and festivals in the UK, she has traveled with her sewing machine, and stitched people and landscapes in India, Kenya, Canada, Hong Kong, and Switzerland.
Harriet has won various awards. She has exhibited her work at the Indian High Commission in London, held artist residencies in Kenya and England, and self-published a book documenting her artistic adventures around India.