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Harriet Riddell

Harriet Riddell 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, interaction and communication are key elements to each piece of Harriet’s work. Behind every 'stitch' lies a narrative of the people, place and culture.

At times, Harriet encourages her street audience to pedal a bicycle which generates electricity and powers the art. This increases the interaction between her, her subject and the art itself.


Born in UK. Lives and works in Hampshire, England.

2009-2012 BA (1st Class degree Hons) Contemporary Applied Arts, University of Hertfordshire
Solo Shows / Events
2019 Studio Gallery, Oxford
2016 Textile Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
The Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK
2015 The Nehru Centre (Indian High Commission), London, UK
Kuona Trust, Nairobi, Kenya
2014 Khoj, Delhi, India
2013 Hepsibah Gallery, London, UK
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 NTU Art Centre, Dream Place, Taiwan
2018 Kim Sacks Gallery, Black and White, South Africa
2017 Drawing Today, Kunstverein Hochrhein, Bad Säckingen, Germany
Knit and Stitch Show, InStitchYou Gallery, UK
GX Gallery, London, UK
2016 Henley Royal Regatta, Stewards Enclosure Exhibition, UK
Affordable Art Fair, Bristol, UK
GX Gallery, 40 by 40, London, UK
Glastonbury Performing Arts Festival, UK
2015 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London UK
2014 Aiguille-en-fete, Paris, France
Art in Action, Oxfordshire, UK
Urban Art Fair, London, UK
Buskers Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Kreative Dage, Fredericia, Denmark
The Big Stitch, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford UK
2013 Art in Action, New Comers, Waterperry, Oxfordshire, UK
New Designers, One Year On, Kensington, London, UK
2012 New Designers, Kensington, London, UK
Graduate Show, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Residencies and Awards
2019 NTU Art Center, Taiwan, Artist-in-Residence
2017 UHGalleries, Hatfield, UK, Artist-in-Residence
#ScrubLife, Royal Borough of Kensington and Westminster Art Funding
2016 Calcutta Rescue, Volunteer Charity, India, Artist-in-Residence
Affordable Art Fair, Bristol, Artist-in-Residence
2015 Kuona Trust, Nairobi, Kenya, Artist-in-Residence
The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, (Artist in Residence) London UK
2013 New Designers, Winner of ‘One Year On Award’
Arts Thread, Winston Churchill Portrait competition
2012 New Designers, Winner of ‘Absolut Blank’ competition
2019 National Trust Property, Public Engagement Project
Premier league Productions, Liverpool Football Club – Live Performance
2017 UHGalleries, Hatfield, UK, Public Engagement Project
#ScrubLife, Royal Brompton Hospital, Community Project
Super Slow Way, Pedal Power portraits on the Leeds and Liverpool canal
Selfridges & co, London – Live Performance
2015 Vienna Design Week (Cook), Austria, Live Documentation
Left Coast Bread and Butter Stitches, Blackpool, Community Project
2014 India’s Fashion Week, Delhi India, Live Documentation in Stitch
BBC Worldwide, Showcase, Liverpool, UK, Portrait Project
2013 Anthropologie, Chelsea, London, Portrait Project
InSite - Craftspace Birmingham, ‘Chain Reaction’ Community project
2012 InSite - Craftspace Birmingham, ‘InStitchYou’ Community project