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2 days ago

5 questions to revive your practice & reinvigorate your art

5 questions to revive your practice & reinvigorate your art

A fable Once upon a time there lived a mother and a daughter. The mother loved textiles but hardly found time for her passion. She was too busy looking after her family and holding down a job. The daughter loved textiles too – she’d inherited that from her mother. One…

1 week ago

Creating texture and pattern with stitch

Creating texture and pattern with stitch

Think of a piece of textile art you admire. Really see it in your mind’s eye. Picture the intricacy of the textures. The complexity of the patterns.  Do you feel daunted? Unable to fathom how to start building such beautiful textural effects? Such mesmerising areas of pattern? Take a deep breath and…

2 weeks ago

Case study: Transforming your textile art

Case study: Transforming your textile art

A rich inspirational seed. A seed that was planted when you were taught to sew. A seed that has persisted… but not quite blossomed? Maybe your love of textiles is stronger than ever, but creatively you still feel you’ve got a long way to go? Perhaps you struggle to bring your artistic vision…

3 weeks ago

Diagnosis: Artistic paralysis

Diagnosis: Artistic paralysis

How to get started and build a regular disciplined practice This is it. No excuses. Today is the day you start work on that idea that’s been brewing away for months! So you gather your fabrics. You gather your threads. You grab your pins and your needles and…and…and… And then…

1 month ago

Are you a textile technique addict?

Are you a textile technique addict?

And why using too many techniques is killing your creativity Have you ever looked at a stunning piece of textile art beautifully presented against the crisp white wall of a gallery and thought Wow! How did she do that? How did that artist develop such mastery over her techniques? How does she manage to speak so…

6 months ago

Textile art inspiration in the digital age

Textile art inspiration in the digital age

Nothing can beat experiencing textile art ‘in the flesh’. Visiting an exhibition of tactile work created by an artist you admire offers an opportunity for discovery; pondering on the intricacies of a stitched design up close and personal, breathing in the detail, absorbing the craftsmanship. For enthusiasts of fiber, this inspiration is…

7 months ago

25 amazing WordPress themes for artists

25 amazing WordPress themes for artists

Almost 50% of art and artist websites on the internet are built on WordPress, an online, open-source website creation tool. WordPress is probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system available today.  Most websites built on the WordPress platform (including this very site TextileArtist.org) use premium WordPress themes…

11 months ago

How to write a compelling artist newsletter

How to write a compelling artist newsletter

When I first started writing the TextileArtist.org newsletter I didn’t have a clue what I was doing! It was unfocused, unclear and, worst of all, it had no clear benefit to the reader. Over the time we’ve been sending it out, we’ve analysed our open and click-through rates every month, listened…

11 months ago

10 reasons why you should be art blogging

10 reasons why you should be art blogging

If you’re a contemporary artist competing into today’s fast-paced market, you can’t afford not to be art blogging. Why? Well, you invest your work with value; time, money, emotion. That work deserves to be shared with the world. A blog is a fantastic way of connecting with people and those…

11 months ago

Selling your art online with marketing expert Cory Huff

Selling your art online with marketing expert Cory Huff

Does the business-side of the art world drive you mad? It can be a vicious circle. You love to make but don’t have the time or inclination to promote what you create. Then, because the money isn’t coming in, you struggle to stay afloat. Trying to expand your reach and…

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