Harriet Riddell realized her love for sewing when she started going to life drawing classes. Instead of a pencil, she brought her machine and class and stitched the assignment, much to her classmates’ “dismay.”
Riddell wanted to capture the present in her stitchings but couldn’t figure out how as sewing machines needed electricity. Luckily, the guys at Electric Pedals have furnished her a bicycle-powered machine that can be brought and used anywhere. Now working as a textile performance artist, Riddell travels to exotic places to stitch the “immediacy” of her surroundings. She has already been to India and Kenya and has stitched in the streets of UK.
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Talking about her work, she admits that her sewing machine “led her” on “adventures.” When asked about people’s reactions to her work, she says, “I love the interaction I have with people when I work. By using the bicycle as power, it enhances this interaction and encourages the public to become a part of the art.”