Cross stitch fashion has been gaining traction — from the contemporary streetwear scene to showbiz. Emma Mckee, the founder of Stitch Gawd, however, is an entirely different animal. The skilled artisan produces intricate one-of-a-kind pieces but doesn't accept money. To cop an Emma Mckee original, one has to submit to the bartering system.
Based in Chicago, the creative is gaining popularity due to her work with renowned contemporary artists like Chance the Rapper, local street artist JC Rivera and the like. Thus, her cross stitch fashion pieces became tightly knit with the hip-hop community in Chicago and beyond.
Mckee is exceptionally choosy about who she produces work for. She only makes pieces for creatives she admires, adding yet another layer of authenticity. The artisan trades her incredible cross stitch fashion pieces for things like song features, beats, and visual arts. Each composition is added to the upcoming 'Stitch Tape' — a project that offers an in-depth and immersive experience of Chicago's "endless artistic talent."