"Stitch My Flesh" exhibition by alumnus Julie Burton

Julie Burton, a former Atelier de Sèvres student and graduate of the Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Arts in Paris-Cergy, is exhibiting at the Short Cuts gallery in Belgium.

As a teenager, Julie Burton crocheted on public transport. Today, the former Atelier de Sèvres art foundation student is a recognised artist known as "The Subway Crocheter".

A graduate of the Paris-Cergy Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts, Julie Burton uses embroidery as an artistic expression, which she combines with knitting, the body and tattoos.

As part of the partnership between La Manufacture de Roubaix, museum of memory and textile design, and non-profit organisation Les Lieux Communs, Julie Burton received one of two prizes at the Biennale Objet Textile, organised in 2018.

This prize consists of a solo exhibition in Namur, capital of the Wallonia region in Belgium.

Stitch My Flesh, an exhibition on the body

Until 25th May, Julie Burton exhibits "Stitch My Flesh".

"Why do we hide our bodies under layers of clothing? Is hiding our skin a way of revealing our ‘true self’ to a very small circle of people?” asks the press release. Through this exhibition, Julie Burton works on the body and her body.

She explains:

"You do not choose your body: you are born, you grow up with it. I don’t think we should suffer in the body nature gives us; we should be able to change it so that it really resembles us. I continue my work by combining the body and tattoos, knits and embroidery. Body parts are embroidered, with the tattoo needle and the embroidery needle merging. The technique of embroidery is very similar to that of tattooing: the time it takes, the movement, filling in a linear way to make solid colours. The two techniques come together in many ways. For me, knitting has always been a metaphor for the cells of the body—its mesh and that of the cells of the skin. Another body, a second skin, multitudes of possibilities."

Practical information

Exhibition from 30th March to 25th May 2019
Open to the public
Saturdays from 1pm to 6pm or by appointment