UHGalleries is excited to invite artist Harriet Riddell to the University campus to perform her impromptu stitched drawings.

Over the course of two weeks, Harriet can be found at various locations around the two University campuses, as well as the Hatfield town centre with her bicycle-powered sewing machine.

Inviting the public to sit on the bike and pedal away, which in turn will create electricity to power her sewing machine, Harriet will be stitching improvised artworks of the landscape, people and conversations around her.

Harriet Riddell will be performing her artwork on set days during 26 April – 3 May 2017.

About the artist

Having graduated from the Contemporary Applied Arts programme at the University of Hertfordshire in 2012, Harriet Riddell works as a performance textile artist called InStitchYou and specialises in observational drawings in stitch.

Encouraging interaction and experimenting with the location, her artwork responds to and interprets the transient world on to a permanent tapestry. Snatches of overheard conversations and scraps of found materials also feed into the piece she is working on.

'My work is produced live with an audience or in the public eye,' she says. 'By observing and responding to my immediate surroundings, I quickly and intuitively capture the moving world around me.'