Author Archives: Joe

3 months ago

Why the ‘I hope it works’ approach to creativity doesn’t work!

Why the ‘I hope it works’ approach to creativity doesn’t work!

And how a system can sustain your process I hope it works! I hope this piece is the one! I hope my personal visual identity will emerge this time! Isn’t hope marvellous? It’s that thing that gets you fired up at the inception of a new idea. The anticipation of…

4 months ago

Textile art sampling 101

Textile art sampling 101

I don’t like buying shoes online. That may seem like a bizarre way to open an article about textile art but stick with me. Looking at pictures on a website, you can get a pretty good idea of the tone of the leather, the height of the heel, the detail of the stitching….

4 months ago

Could sampling be your creative super power?

Could sampling be your creative super power?

Are you one of those textile artists who has constant creative epiphanies? When one artwork is complete, the muse magically appears to deliver a fully formed concept or design for the next. And does that ‘divine intervention’ stay strong and true as you sail through the making process? As you…

5 months ago

Why lack of clarity is destroying your creative confidence

Why lack of clarity is destroying your creative confidence

This is the story of Janie. Janie has just celebrated her 57th birthday. She’s an ‘aspiring’ textile artist. ‘Aspiring’ because she tends to ‘look’ rather than ‘do’. She spends hours browsing textile art online and ends up beating herself up for not being as skilled as the ‘professionals’. She’s filled with insecurities about…

5 months ago

The artistic power of appliqué

The artistic power of appliqué

appliqué  |əˈpliːkeɪ| noun decorative work in which one piece of cloth is sewn or fixed onto another What do you think when you hear the word ‘appliqué’? The dictionary definition doesn’t quite do it for me. I guess, in the most basic terms, it’s accurate. But appliqué is so much…

5 months 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…

5 months 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…

6 months 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…

6 months 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…

6 months 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…

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