Virtual studio visit with free embroidery artist Tina Crawford

This month we travel (virtually) to Deptford, South East London to the studio of free embroidery artist, Tina Crawford. In addition to her creative practice making original works, Tina also runs her homewares brand, Tobyboo, through which she makes bespoke products and gift ranges for some of the Capital’s most iconic venues including Shakespeare’s Globe, St Paul’s Cathedral, Sir John Soane Museum, Kew Gardens, Oxford Universities and John Lewis.

For our visit, Tina will show us around her workspace and talk us through her making process for both her one-off creative works and how she transforms her embroidery into beautiful British products, before taking questions from the audience.

More about Tina

Tina is a master of her craft, using the sewing machine with such fluidity as if the apparatus is an extension of her own body.  Her illustrations are machine-embroidered freehand with no markings or drawings made beforehand. Each piece of embroidery is completely unique and cannot be repeated, drawn with the needle as you would a pencil.  Her thread-drawn pieces often focus on storytelling, characters and history, with just enough quirkiness to keep it all feeling delightfully British.

Tina counts Greyson Perry, Paul Smith and  Jean Paul Gaultier amongst her fans and in 2019 Tina was listed as one of the top 50 neurodiverse influential women by Women Beyond the Box.

Connect with Tina at the Creative Entrepreneurs Club

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  1. Enjoyed that! Your work is so diverse, @tobyboo, and inspiring. It was great to hear of the background to your pieces. In particular the piece you have on the drip stand. And telling Noel Fielding off had me in stitches (pun totally intended). Great studio visit. Cheers, Ruth