You’ve seen her daring designs in your feed, but now we’re going behind the scenes with embroidery and textile artist Sophie King. Her incredibly intricate (not forgetting relevant with #MeToo) artwork garnered over 52k followers, so it was only natural we’d crown her #MissBoss 👊
When and why did you decide to go into feminist-themed embroidery?
In university I did Art History and this was where I was first introduced to feminist theory. I really connected to it and it gave me a better understanding of my experiences as a woman that previously I hadn’t had the knowledge to articulate. It also empowered me to believe my passion in textile art was valid. I had always been interested in the power of textiles as an art form, especially the way we can use how we decorate our body to send a message about ourselves and the world around us.
Do you have a particular product you LOVE to make?
At the moment my favourite embroidery to make is the “your first love should be yourself”.
Who are your inspirations in everyday life?
I would say I’m mainly inspired by music!
What’s a typical day like?
I go to the post office and send orders I’ve prepare the day before, after that I spend the rest of the day making whatever orders are in my diary, then I package them all ready for the next morning. Check emails. Repeat repeat repeat! I’ve always got this ongoing list in the back of my head of new embroideries I want to make. I wish I could stop time! I also spend my time designing new merchandise or updating my website and social media.
What’s on your playlist to get in the ‘working mood’?
I like the Weeknd, Lana Del Rey, Stevie Nicks, Amy Winehouse, Kali Uchis…
Do you have any favourite projects you’ve worked on in the past?
I like my “stop teaching girls that boys are mean to them because they like them” project which is still ongoing.
The best career decision you’ve ever made?
To make myself vulnerable and make more personal stuff, it has been the most rewarding.
Do you have any tips for anyone wishing to start their own business?
You have to be willing to live with uncertainty and instability, to sacrifice a lot of things like a social life. You have to be passionate about what you do, it has to have a real purpose to you, or you’ll give up. Instead of saying “I can’t do that” you have to be the type of person to say “I can’t do that but I’ll find a way”, you have to take the initiative. Also don’t listen to naysayers, first off they’ll be saying you can’t do something, then once you’ve achieved it, they’ll be waiting for you to not be able to keep it up!