‘This is Going to Sting’ is an exhibition which explores disordered eating. The embroidered pieces are separated into either internal or external experiences, which those with eating disorders may have. Internal experiences refer to the inward thoughts, feelings and compulsions when recovering, whereas external in this instance refers to triggers from outside of the self.

In recent years, there has been a rise of eating disorder cases, which has been related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The embroidery collection aims to urge those who notice symptoms, to seek early intervention. Early intervention can prevent symptoms worsening and increase chances of full recovery. Charities such as ‘Beat’ (Beat eating disorders) have many helpful resources online including support groups and a helpline for those struggling or wanting more information. You can visit the Beat website here.