AUGUSTUS AND EDIE, 2016

“Garfen’s ‘Augustus and Edie’, couched in funereal black frames, is perhaps the only overtly dark piece in the show. Two narrow, hand-stitched samplers, their letters barely a millimetre tall, tell stories, Edward Lear-style, of anorexia and body dysmorphia. Breath-taking in their tender minuteness, here is the wit of the stitch writ large.” Ellen Bell, Embroidery magazine

This artwork is inspired by ‘The Story of Augustus’ by Heinrich Hoffmann, 1798-1874, a tale of a plump and hearty boy who would not eat his soup. Day after day the young lad pushes his food away until he ‘scarcely weighs a sugar plum’. The poem ends in tragedy. I have written a parody of ‘Augustus’, a tale of ‘Edie’, a bright and glowing pearl’ who refuses to eat….

Photo credit: Michael Wicks

Photo credit: Michael Wicks


In-situ at Ruthin Craft Centre

In-situ at Ruthin Craft Centre


Measurement: 22cm x 28cm x 1cm (2 frames)

Process: Hand stitch

Materials: Textile, silk threads


Exhibited in:

Wit of the Stitch, Ruthin Crafts Centre, North Wales (2016)

13th International London Eating Disorder Conference, University College London (2017)

BEAT Eating Disorder International Conference, Imperial College London (2018)

‘What’s Going On Upstairs’, The Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, Gallery TG11, London (2018)

‘What’s Going On Upstairs’, The Knitting & Stitching Show, The RDS, Gallery TG6, Simmonscourt, Dublin, (2018)

‘What’s Going On Upstairs’, The Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate Convention Centre, Gallery TG2, Harrogate (2018)

East Midlands Mental Health Service Innovators Conference 2019, First Steps, University of Derby (September 2019)