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4 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…

2 weeks 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

Sylvie Franquet: Reconstructing tapestry

Sylvie Franquet: Reconstructing tapestry

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…

3 weeks 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…

3 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

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…

4 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…

4 weeks 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…

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…

1 month 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…

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