A Stitch Out of Time

Anaïs Beaulieu
French artist Anaïs Beaulieu learnt the craft of embroidery from her grandmother, a practice passed on through the generations of women in her family. A Stitch Out of Time features images of her embroidery on throwaway plastic bags, typically used for disposing waste. The book plays with two powerful themes: environmental degradation symbolised by the ubiquitous take-over of our surroundings by plastic and the slow time of creation, whether of a tree, or a piece of embroidery.

A Stitch Out of Time is a result of collaborative artisanal processes: embroidery, tailoring, screen-printing and book-binding. Each cover features an inlaid panel of embroidered plastic, the endsheets are silkscreen-printed by hand and all copies are carefully packaged in cotton tote bags — one side is specially embroidered and the other is for the readers to fill-in themselves.



Read a blog post by Anaïs Beaulieu — Hidden Threads: Making A Stitch Out of Time — that goes behind the book to explore the ideas and processes that informed this project.

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Weight 640.0 g
Dimensions 330 × 235 × 12 mm



Offset-printed with silkscreen-printed endsheets and embroidered cover


170 gsm – matte coated paper






Cotton tote bag

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Anaïs Beaulieu

After studying at Arts Décoratifs de Limoges, Anaïs worked as a bookbinder for several years where she developed an interest in children's books and art education. She explored these in her seven years with the celebrated publishing house Les Trois Ourses. Anaïs' work is also informed by her travels, especially in Africa, which strengthened her interest in craft and the links it can create between people. It was also here that she resumed her childhood love for embroidery, and where the idea for this book was germinated. Anaïs now lives and works in Montreuil. This is her first Tara book.

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Ragini Siruguri

Ragini Siruguri is a visual communication designer from south India. Her practice lies at the intersection of graphic design, photography, books and writing, especially in the Indian cultural context. She experiments with the smell of colours, the taste of words, and thinking between the lines. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.