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1 year ago

Fiona Rainford: Playing the long game

Fiona Rainford: Playing the long game

Fiona Rainford is a mixed media textile artist using a variety of techniques, the choice of which depends on the concept and the context in which she is working. Her work is often inspired by the natural world and natural processes related to the passage of time and her most…

1 year ago

Erlend Helling-Larsen: The intimacy of embroidery

Erlend Helling-Larsen: The intimacy of embroidery

Embroidery is one of the many media Norwegian artist Erlend Helling-Larsen uses. On pages torn from magazines such as Playboy and Penthouse, he clothes the naked women stitch by stitch. His work with embroidery has strong historical references. Contrasts abound in Helling-Larsen’s works, between the masculine and feminine, and between…

1 year ago

Dee Thomas: Capturing a fleeting moment in time

Dee Thomas: Capturing a fleeting moment in time

It was with reluctance that Dee Thomas, who had always professed to disliking stitch, accompanied a friend to a meeting of the Embroiderer’s Guild. Up until then, Dee had only been familiar with traditional embroidery and it was a wonderful surprise to discover at this meeting that there was such a thing…

1 year ago

Pat Bishop: Intriguing to its essence

Pat Bishop: Intriguing to its essence

Artist Pat Bishop uses textiles as a medium because they provide a unique vehicle of interpretation with their vibrant colour, tactile nature and endless variety. Her work signifies the strength, beauty and simplicity of nature. Pat is a juried artist member of SAQA (Studio Art Quilters Association) and currently has pieces…

1 year ago

Alison King: The mood of Scotland’s wild places

Alison King: The mood of Scotland’s wild places

Textile artist Alison King trained at Edinburgh College of Art, originally as a painter. She discovered a passion for textiles through many years of teaching. Alison has exhibited extensively and her work has been collected both in the UK and abroad. She has received several large scale public commissions in Scotland….

2 years ago

Erin M Riley: Navigating the experiences we’re all sharing

Erin M Riley: Navigating the experiences we’re all sharing

As soon as she learned sewing, Erin Riley became instantly hooked on everything to do with textiles. At art college she soon discovered the loom room and weaving seemed to be the perfect technique to make fine art using a textile technique. In this interview Erin gives us an insight into how, through her work,…

2 years ago

Takashi Iwasaki: A visualization of an imaginary world

Takashi Iwasaki: A visualization of an imaginary world

Encouraged by his creative, supportive and open-minded parents, at the age of twenty Takashi Iwasaki left his home country, Japan, to study Fine Arts in Canada. As a student without a lot of income, embroidery seemed the right choice for him to investigate further, because the materials were affordable. But…

2 years ago

Claire Louise Mather: Capturing the beauty of the world around us

Claire Louise Mather: Capturing the beauty of the world around us

The work of Claire Louise Mather is an exploration of drawing with stitch and mixed media. She has a highly individual approach to textile art, applying traditional techniques with a modern twist. The aesthetic of her work is deeply influenced by walks around the countryside, using her camera to record the…

2 years ago

Pat Hickman: A world of visual communication

Pat Hickman: A world of visual communication

When Pat Hickman first came upon a gut parka made by native people in Alaska, she saw how an animal’s inner membrane could be used as an outer protective skin. She then began her exploration with a similar inner membrane that became her signature material. Today Pat lives above the…

2 years ago

Marion Strunk: What is a picture?

Marion Strunk: What is a picture?

Besides fine arts and art history Swiss artist Marion Strunk also studied psycho-analysis and is currently working as a professor at the University of the Arts in Zürich. Although Marion’s chosen medium is thread on photography, she sees herself neither as a photographer nor an embroiderer. Her art is a…

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