About Hanecdote

Artist Statement:

I'm Hannah Hill, a 23 year old visual artist who specialises in illustrative hand embroidery. Most of my work stems from being autobiographical; exploring my gender, sexuality, mixed ethnicity, feminism and mental illness through bold motifs and compositions which pack a punch. My work aims to showcase how powerful textiles can be as medium to communicate socio-political messages. I'm interested in the juxtaposition between fast paced social media and technology, as well as energetic and hyped Grime music and its surrounding culture, with the slow task of hand stitching and the dated stereotypes of delicate and soft “women’s work” that come with needlework. I'm hugely inspired and energised by Grime music and its representation of London’s multicultural, creative and engaged youth, which I very much feel a part of. I have been taking some inspiration from historical art and textiles such as the details and narratives, and putting a modern, usually feminist spin on it. I'm passionate about uplifting and celebrating the creativity of people of colour, so I create art which is accessible and inclusive of people and ideas that have been excluded from Western art history. My choice to hand embroider is both personal and political. It is a medium which has been excluded from the Fine Art cannon due to sexism and classism, a medium which is laborious yet therapeutic for my mental wellbeing, as well as connecting me to my ancestry through India's rich history with textiles.


Press:


BBC Radio 1Xtra - Jamz Supernova

DIY Generation - Hanecdote

Fine art student Hanecdote speaks to Jamz about making art that portrays messages about mental health and body positivity. (9 minute interview)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05g64lf

HANECDOTE: REBRANDING EMBROIDERY ONE STITCH AT A TIME

http://www.gal-dem.com/hanecdote-rebranding-embroidery-one-stitch-time/

Hanecdote - Feminist embroidery

http://www.pocko.com/hanecdote/

Radio 4 Woman's Hour: Passion for Craft

Knitting and embroidery are crafts that have traditionally been done at home by women for centuries, but are still hugely popular today. Hannah Hill and Louise Walker are two young women who have taken these…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08rp2x2

Another artist is claiming that a big fashion brand has ripped off her designs

http://metro.co.uk/2016/12/28/another-artist-is-claiming-that-a-big-fashion-brand-has-ripped-off-her-designs-6342606/

DR. MARTENS SPEAKS TO HANNAH HILL

https://blog.drmartens.com/dr-martens-speaks-to-hannah-hill/

It Seems Like Topshop Has Ripped Off The Work Of Another Independent Artist

http://www.thefader.com/2016/10/10/hanecdote-topshop-halloween-quen-design

The Best Arthur Meme On The Internet

http://www.thefader.com/2016/10/07/hanecdote-feminist-meme-embroidery

Embroidery Artist Weaves Memes with Modern Feminism

https://creators.vice.com/en_uk/article/wnpmbz/embroidery-meme-artist-hannah-hill-feminism

INTERVIEW WITH HANNAH HILL

http://www.th-ink.co.uk/tag/hanecdote/