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1 month ago

Textile archives: Inspiring the makers of tomorrow

Textile archives: Inspiring the makers of tomorrow
Andrea Aranow has had a lifelong passion for textiles. In the 1970s and 80s she travelled to Peru, China, and Japan, collecting garments and swatches and selling her collections to world-renown museums. In 1987 Aranow came to New York and set up a small studio, And ...
3 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 ...
3 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 mesmerisi ...
8 months ago

Textile artists inspired by architecture

Textile artists inspired by architecture
Throughout the year we’ve taken a closer look at the materials and subjects that inspire some of our top artists to make their work extraordinary. From felt and wool to birds and landscapes, each article revealed what material or subject the artist is drawn t ...
10 months ago

Recreating with thread: 5 artists using found materials

Recreating with thread: 5 artists using found materials
As creative people, we are so often quiet observers, collecting items and objects that seem intriguing, interesting, beautiful or strange. Sometimes these found objects sit upon a shelf in a studio, workroom or kitchen. Occasionally, these bits and pieces make thei ...
1 year ago

Textile artists inspired by birds

Textile artists inspired by birds
We can often identify the work of an artist by a certain motif or idiosyncrasy. Birds have been featured in artwork for centuries and seeing our feathered friends composed in thread is endlessly compelling In this article, part of our Discover… series, we take a ...
1 year ago

The threads of time: 5 Amazing artists using yarn

The threads of time: 5 Amazing artists using yarn
Spinning fiber into yarn is such an ancient art that its origins are lost in the mists of time. The oldest recovered artifacts made with yarn are string skirts that date from up to 20,000 years ago. The craft is steeped in history and tradition. When a contemporary ...
1 year ago

Positive yarn: 5 amazing artists using wool

Positive yarn: 5 amazing artists using wool
Wool is a material favoured by textile artists for its ability to be shaped and layered. It’s often regarded as very traditional and homely, but when utilised in an inventive way, this soft, natural material can delight and surprise in equal measure. In ...
1 year ago

The art of felting: 5 amazing artists using felt

The art of felting: 5 amazing artists using felt
Featured image: Red Planet by Janice Arnold (Photo: Bob Iyall) Felt is one of the most versatile textiles. Many artists are attracted to this soft material because of its impact on the senses. It is malleable, durable and can transform and be manipulated into all ...

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