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6 months ago

Judy Merchant: Tool kit

Judy Merchant: Tool kit

Judy trained in Textiles and Fine Art at Canterbury College of Art in the 60s and 70s and after qualifying as an art teacher, her career took her away from her art practice. Ten years ago she returned to developing her own work and has exhibited regularly ever since. After…

6 months ago

Sylvie Franquet: Reconstructing with stitch

Sylvie Franquet: Reconstructing with stitch

Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, the Flanders region of Belgium functioned as the centre of European tapestry production, commended for their particularly large textile works filled to the brim with intricate, painstaking detail. Flemish artist Sylvie Franquet is attuning herself with her own cultural roots. Franquet doesn’t create her tapestries from scratch; the artist…

7 months ago

Ruth Lee: From conception to creation

Ruth Lee: From conception to creation

Connecting the threads; creating a narrative through the language of textiles. Communicating ideas but not always telling the whole of the story. Intriguing; tantalising; posing questions; drawing in the viewer to invent their own storyline, which may or may not be the original intentions of the artist. This is the…

7 months ago

Bren Ahearn: Artists that inspire

Bren Ahearn: Artists that inspire

San Francisco-based artist Bren Ahearn’s embroidery draws from a variety of cultural references. His work appropriates recognisable symbols to question expectations about manhood and its assumed qualities of courage, vigour, and determination. Bren’s samplers are imbued with feelings of tenderness, innocence, and tongue-in-cheek wit. He uses textile crafts to explore…

7 months ago

Hannah Streefkerk: Mending nature

Hannah Streefkerk: Mending nature

Hannah Streefkerk’s artworks are nature-oriented, inspired by natural elements such as water and land formations, trees, flowers and rocky landscapes. With a certain sensibility towards rhythms, structures and patterns, she extracts the essences of various forms in nature and translates them into site-specific works of art. In 2014 Hannah won…

7 months ago

Terra Fuller: The power of carpet weaving

Terra Fuller: The power of carpet weaving

Terra Fuller received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University and an MA in Arts Administration from Indiana University. Her multimedia work, drawings, photographs, videos, carpets, and baskets, have been exhibited in New York City, Chicago, and…

7 months ago

Karen Henderson: Art that inspires

Karen Henderson: Art that inspires

Seasons, atmospheres and the time of day intrigue textile artist Karen Henderson. The connections between self, place, emotion and time are what fascinate her. She tries to recreate these natural occurrences, evoking emotions that she associates with them through the use of colour, line, and texture. Art that inspires is a series…

7 months ago

Willemien de Villiers: An observer on the fringe

Willemien de Villiers: An observer on the fringe

Willemien de Villiers is a South African artist and writer, currently residing in Muizenberg, Cape Town. Her work is a dialogue between real and imagined microscopic biological phenomena, reconstructing the common cellular history of all living things through atomised patterning. The process of decay and disintegration, and the inevitable new…

7 months ago

Pauline Burbidge: Tool kit

Pauline Burbidge: Tool kit

Pauline Burbidge has been running her textile practice for over 40 years, as a textile artist, designer and quiltmaker. Recent one-person exhibitions include Quiltscapes & Quiltline showing at three wonderful venues, The Bowes Museum, Co Durham, 2015/16, and the Ruthin Craft Centre, North Wales, 2016. Quiltscapes by Pauline Burbidge is now…

8 months ago

Vanessa Rolf: Drawing with the thread

Vanessa Rolf: Drawing with the thread

Vanessa Rolf’s work explores maps, journeys, psychogeography, memory, memorial, inheritance, archiving and collections. She references found imagery and text to create layered narratives; this research is sometimes referenced directly but also through intuitive selection of colour, fabric and mark making with stitch. Vanessa is a visiting tutor in Textiles BA…

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