Stitching up Banksy

It’s well documented that Banksy settled on stencilling as a faster means by which to get his art onto the streets.

The man clearly likes to cut corners, but has it all gone a bit too far?

Banksy’s limited edition signed prints now fetch upwards of $10,000 a pop, and while Andy Warhol would no doubt be proud of the rate at which he’s spewing out his ‘originals’, I fear it’s just a matter of time before we see Banksy giclées infesting every Ikea around the globe.

Does Banksy really want to be remembered as the Ronald McDonald of the art world?

To my mind, the man is at the point where he could do with some good old fashioned street cred.

Enter through the gift shop the 300 year-old art of cross-stitch. While it may be considered the painstaking province of lavender-scented hunchbacked dears in pince nez, it is in fact the perfect antidote to Banksy’s teetering veneer of credibility.

The author's work in progress

The author’s work in progress

The author's first completed Banksy original

The author’s first completed Banksy original

Urban Cross Stitch, which stocks a great range of patterns, may think of it as Art Juxtaposition or pop culture irony, but I prefer to consider it a higher purpose on Banksy’s behalf.

That is, to see the needle and the damage undone.

Cross-stitch patterns approx $40 AUD. Includes grid guide, threads and canvas..



This delicious dish rack (try saying that quickly after three sake bombs) is a thing of beauty, mostly for the bits that remain largely undetected; the slight lean coupled with pouring lip that funnels the water flow off the load back into the sink. The fact that, as a friend pointed out, it looks like a velodrome for cockroaches, is neither here nor there. Approx $60 from more outlets than the Unhappy Hipster designers at Joseph Joseph probably care to acknowledge.