It is known that people with anorexia nervosa view their bodies as much larger than they actually are. Hand stitched cookie motifs, each with their own text, are enlarged under an LED magnifier. The words such as ‘self-hate’ and ‘restrict’ obsessively turn inside the minds of those with eating disorders.

Photo credit: Yeshen Venema

Photo credit: Yeshen Venema

Measurement: 9cm x 9cm x 4.5cm (with magnifier)

Process: Hand stitch

Materials: Textile, silk threads, magnifier

Currently exhibited in:
The Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch, British Textile Biennial, Towneley Hall Museum, Lancashire (3 Oct 2019 - 29 Feb 2020)

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)

'The Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch' at Standen House National Trust Property, West Sussex (2018)

‘Image and Narrative: Illness, Recovery, Change’ at The University of Nottingham (April 2019)

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