I really enjoyed this image from the American Home Crafts Magazine Spring/Summer 1975 edition, but what really struck a chord was the statement, "Freedom of expression is more important than technique".
Sometimes people get so hung up on technique (not ignoring the importance of learning techniques), it blinds them as viewers and crushes them as artists. I got an excellent bit of advice on how to do satin stitch this morning and had I been an embroiderer I would have said, "yes, that is the way I SHOULD do it,". Here is the problem. I am an artist, not an embroiderer. I don't see marking with stitches any different than marking with paint or pencil. For me embroidery is not a vehicle for technique but rather a vehicle for my art and therein lies the distinction. The best bit of advice I got from my art teacher/mentor is learn all the rules and then you can break them. The danger of showing my embroidery art to embroiderers is that all they can see sometimes is technique.
Here is a piece of mixed media textile art I did a few years ago, that was not subject to concerns about rules.
It's gessoed linen, with acrylic paint, vintage button and embroidery.
"Not everything I do is dictated by the political history of having a vagina."