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1 year ago

Deborah Slabeck Baker: Black cotton embroidery

Deborah Slabeck Baker: Black cotton embroidery

Deborah Slabeck Baker was first introduced to textiles by her grandparents, both of whom were talented needle workers. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Deborah pursued academics prior to raising a family and spending two decades teaching ballet. She now lives in Chicago, Illinois. With her children grown, Deborah found her way back…

1 year ago

Ami James: How textiles can change lives

Ami James: How textiles can change lives

Ami James lives in Derbyshire, England, and she is fairly new to textile arts. She started sewing just over two years ago after she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The 34-year-old mother reached out to us with her inspiring story: Ami found that textiles and crafts had significantly aided her recovery. In…

1 year ago

Renato Dib: Within the sphere of intimacy

Renato Dib: Within the sphere of intimacy

Brazilian artist Renato Dib creates exquisite adaptations of the human form using velvet, silk, and other materials. The intimacy of the human form serves as an endless source of inspiration in his work. Beginning his career at a very early age, Renato’s work was first featured in an exhibition at the age of 14….

1 year ago

Brenda Miller: OCA textiles tutor

Brenda Miller: OCA textiles tutor

The Open College of Arts offers award-winning distance learning degrees, including a number of exceptional Textile Art Courses. Their aim is to help “develop your creative capacities in the interpretation and application of imagery, tactile awareness and understanding of the theoretical and conceptual issues central to the practice of textile art”. Each month a different OCA…

1 year ago

Freddie Robins interview: Disrupting preconceptions of craft

Freddie Robins interview: Disrupting preconceptions of craft

Freddie Robins is a Senior Tutor for Knitted Textiles and Reader in Textiles at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London. She is known for her subversive knitting and embroidery which explore dark themes including violence, murder, pain, and loss – often with an unexpected humorous twist. She recently converted a nearly 500-year-old barn into a home…

1 year ago

Joseph Mallard interview: Chronicling through quilting

Joseph Mallard interview: Chronicling through quilting

Best known for creating beautiful quilts chronicling significant events, Joseph “Sunshine Joe” Mallard was first introduced to quilting by his great, great grandmother as a young boy. His own quilting adventure began much later in the 1970s. Joseph has always been passionate about sharing his artwork with anyone that would…

2 years ago

Marty Jonas interview: Embellishing altered textiles

Marty Jonas interview: Embellishing altered textiles

Some might say that Marty Jonas was destined for textile arts at a young age. Her mother taught her to knit, crochet and sew, while her father taught her to hammer, saw and drill. In other words, she always kept her hands busy, and always applied her forces to creating…

2 years ago

Alex Worden interview: Bridging analog and digital crochet

Alex Worden interview: Bridging analog and digital crochet

Alex Worden is the co-founder of the Boulder-based design firm, Studio TJOA. Although Alex was formally educated in architecture, his graduate research in textiles became his introduction to the world of textile arts. In this interview, Alex Worden sheds some light on his thesis, his grandmother’s rag rugs, and speaks…

2 years ago

Lines of Communication: Prism at Hoxton Arches

Lines of Communication: Prism at Hoxton Arches

Lines of Communication was a Prism exhibition that ran between 20-31 May 2015 at Hoxton Arches, Cremer Street, London E2. Prism exhibition group was founded in 1999, and focuses on showcasing high quality fine art textile practice and craftsmanship. This guest post was contributed by Dr Georgina Williams, an independent…

2 years ago

Lauriane Lasselin interview: The possibilities of visual expression

Lauriane Lasselin interview: The possibilities of visual expression

At the age of 19, Lauriane Lasselin moved from France to the Netherlands. In total, she spent more than 10 years studying all aspects of art and design. Although she is passionate about modern and contemporary art, Lauriane also spends a portion of her time as a business administrator. Lauriane Lasselin…

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