The talented mum from Hull sewing amazing replicas of iconic paintings to raise money for the food bank

They say a stitch in time saves nine – or in the case of Miranda van Rossum – 5,000 of Hull’s most vulnerable families.

The talented embroiderer has spent the past few months recreating iconic paintings as tapestries and sending the money she earns to Hull Foodbank.

Mum-of-two Miranda used half a mile of yarn and spent over 400 hours making a perfect replica of Van Gogh’s Starry Night last year, raising over £2,000 for food parcels for the hungriest in town.

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She has now embarked on a play reproducing the Four Seasons by Alphonse Mucha, which ironically will take a full year to produce with 120,000 individual points.

The Czech artist’s painting depicts four women in four separate panels holding flowers to represent spring, summer, autumn and winter.

The Miranda Seams sponsorship she collects on JustGiving is donated to Hull Foodbank every month, and she has already raised £450 since the start of the second play in January.



Miranda van Rossum is sponsored to assemble the four seasons of Alphonse Mucha to raise funds for Hull Foodbank

She then plans to auction it off for further donations, with Van Gogh‘s work from last year raising over £2,000.

“I think the current situation is terrible and will only get worse after the energy bills increase,” said Miranda, a resident of Avenues.

“Food is a basic need, not an optional extra.”

Miranda, who is originally from the Netherlands and has lived in Hull for 26 years where she works as a Dutch translator, has been sewing since she was a child and has even run sponsored 24-hour marathons to raise money for charity. .



Miranda van Rossum’s unfinished ‘Starry Night’ tapestry, which took 400 hours and half a mile of yarn to make

“After the success of Van Gogh’s play, I wanted to do a play that took me all year this time.

“I thought to myself what better way to make a painting that incorporates all four seasons? I planned to spend three months on each of the four panels, so aim to complete the first one by the end of March.

“I use JustGiving, which means I can donate as I go.”

The 50-year-old is also updating her progress via her social media accounts.

Hull Foodbank distributed 5,300 emergency food parcels in 2021 to families and residents struggling to make ends meet – of which over a third (1,700) went to families with children. Project manager Russ Barlow told Hull Live in December that last year had been his busiest year since its inception in 2011.

Many fear that the rising cost of living this year will push more families into poverty.

East Yorkshire Foodbank recently said rising food prices also meant it was seeing fewer donations.



Food bank donations have halved in East Yorkshire due to rising costs of living

The Beverley-based food bank said donations fell by around half last year, with spokeswoman Mandy Tomlinson blaming rising inflation for the decline.

Anyone able to donate to Miranda’s cause and help Hull Foodbank can do so through their JustGiving page here.

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