Hand-Stitched Stories; Metaphors & Symbols is an exhibition focussing on the human condition, told through mixed media textiles. Sabine Kaner’s work generates conversations on identity, mental health, memory and personal experiences, using colours, symbols and semi-abstract compositions to create visual narratives.


Kaner grew up in London in the 1960s, born to a father from Jamaica and a mother from Germany. Her father was on the first boat, HMT Empire Windrush, from Jamaica to Tilbury Docks in the 1940s and his experiences in Britain are still present in Kaner's mind. The textile practice she has developed since her childhood is rooted in autobiographical experiences, using clear graphic motifs and repurposed textiles to tell stories. Her pieces typically begin with drawings which are collaged and transferred to calico surfaces before being painted with watercolours and thinned acrylic paint. Her process sometimes uses printmaking techniques, incorporating layers of recycled fabrics and adding a final layer of stitching on top. Kaner’s use of hand stitch follows a long tradition of sewing by hand, passed down by her mother and grandmother. She often uses donated clothing from family and friends, charity shop finds and locally sourced felt to create her startlingly rich and vibrant works. 


Sabine Kaner trained as a fine art print maker at St Martins in London, Manchester School of Art and Central School of Art. She has exhibited as a solo artist at 78 Derngate Mackintosh house, Northampton, Stroud Museum in the Park and the Goods Shed, Tetbury. She has taken part in group exhibitions at Bromley House Library, Queen Mary University, Willis Museum & Sainsbury Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery. In 2023, Sabine was a featured artist at the Knitting & Stitch Show in London and Harrogate.



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